Canada’s border agency shouldn’t be using pandemic to impose surveillance on undocumented immigrants

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

With Montreal a front line in the country’s battle against the coronavirus, hundreds of asylum seekers there have taken up dangerous work as health orderlies in long-term care homes. While some rightly consider them heroes, Canada’s border agency has continued to demonstrate a very different attitude towards migrants. Undocumented immigrants, held in prisons and detention centres where COVID-19 has spread, have gone on hunger strikes demanding to be released for their safety. The vast majority are detained merely because of irregularities in their refugee or immigration claims, not because they’ve been charged with a crime or were alleged to be a security risk.