Ask Your MP to Welcome Refugees

 
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Over the weekend Donald Trump started implementing his Muslim ban, barring visa holders from seven Muslim majority countries. His executive orders also includes a refugee ban barring all refugees.

This is on top of his plans to hunt down and deport asylum seekers in the US - many of whom went to the US to escape violence, and they could be persecuted or killed if they’re sent back to their countries of origin.

Canada doesn’t accept most asylum seekers who come to Canada via the US, because of an unjust law called the “Safe Third Country Agreement”.  Rescinding the agreement means those facing deportation back to unsafe countries may be able to seek protection in Canada instead.


The most important thing you can do right now is take 5 minutes to call your MP demanding that the Canadian government:

  • Make an immediate, public condemnation of the executive orders by President Trump that bans Muslims and refugees from entering the US, and

  • Rescind the Safe Third Country Agreement which bars most refugee claimants entering from the United States over land to claim asylum in Canada.

Use the box to the right to make the call - we’ll automatically connect you to your MP’s office. If no one answers you can leave a voicemail.


Your call will only take a minute but it will make a huge difference. It's easy

  1. Read the key messages below.

  2. Enter your information to the right, and the MP you are going to be assigned to call will appear below.

  3. Your phone will ring, and we will then connect you directly to the MP's Ottawa office.

  4. Leave a message on the answering machine if you reach voicemail. If you speak to office staff, just ask leave a message. Make sure to tell them your name and where you live.

Here’s some talking points you could include in your message:

I’m your constituent and I’m calling because I’m horrified with what’s happening in Trump’s America. We need more than words. I want the Canadian government to act immediately, starting with:

  • Condemning the executive orders by President Trump that bans Muslims and refugees from entering the US

  • Rescinding the Safe Third Country Agreement - an unjust law that bars most refugee claimants entering from the United States over land to claim asylum in Canada.

  • Can I count on you to call on Prime Minister Trudeau to take these actions?


Canadian immigration laws are in need of an overhaul. If you want to say more, here’s a more substantive list of other things Canada could do to open its borders to refugees and asylum seekers:

  • Many asylum seekers are turned away from Canada because they are from a so-called “Safe Country”. Under this system called the Designated Country of Origin (DCO), individuals are assessed not on the basis of their claims but on the country of origin. The DCO system must end.

  • Lift all limitations and caps on refugee applications and sponsorships

  • Many asylum seekers and migrants are jailed indefinitely in Canada including children. We need to end immigration detention.

  • Migrant workers are tied to their employers, and cannot leave jobs that make them sick. Migrant workers deserve open permits and status on landing.

  • Over half a million undocumented residents also fear detentions and deportations. We need status for all undocumented residents, and for provinces to give them basic services (Sanctuary Provinces).

  • Canada must rescind all federal legislation that attacks racialized Black and Brown Muslims and refugees, including the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act as well as anti-terror legislation such as Security Certificates and Bill C51.

To learn more about discrimination in Canada’s immigration system, please visit www.neverhome.ca

 

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