Advisory. Support Rally Thursday for Undocumented Women Violently Arrested, Facing Deportation, in the Sanctuary City of Montreal

Undocumented Woman Violently Arrested, Facing Deportation, in the so-called Sanctuary City of Montreal

Support Rally on Thursday for Lucy Francineth Granados

Montreal, 21 March 2018 – At 6am yesterday morning, CBSA burst into the home of Lucy Francineth Granados, an undocumented woman very active in the Non Status Women's Collective of Montreal. The CBSA officers used completely unnecessary force, injuring Lucy's arm, which is visibly swollen. Lucy is currently in the Laval Detention Centre and faces imminent deportation to Guatemala. A detention review hearing will be held on Thursday.

Solidarity Across Borders and the Immigrant Workers Centre are calling on Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to suspend the deportation until Lucy’s pending immigration application is accepted, demanding that Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen accept her immigration application before she is deported, and asking Mayor Valérie Plante and the City of Montreal to publicly support Lucy and stop her deportation in light of their Sanctuary City policy.

Support Rally: Free Lucy Francineth Granados
Thursday, 22 March at 12:30pm
Guy-Favreau Complex, 200 René Lévesque ouest

Background

Lucy is the sole financial support for her three children. They live in Guatemala with their grandmother and depend entirely on the remittances sent by their mother for all their basic needs (food, shelter, school fees, etc.). If Lucy were deported, her children would immediately lose their sole source of financial support.

Lucy travelled through Mexico on the infamous La Bestia train to the US and later to Canada in order to find a way to support her children after her husband died. Her refugee application was refused but she remained in Canada undocumented in order to be able to continue to support them.

Last summer Lucy filed a humanitarian application for permanent residence in an attempt to regularize her status. In January, a CBSA officer informed her lawyer that Lucy's file would not be studied unless she turned herself in to face deportation. However, Canadian immigration law says that the Minister must study all humanitarian applications inside Canada; the CBSA officer's action was illegal. Neither Immigration Canada nor CBSA have responded to her lawyer's request to clarify the situation and activists are calling on the Minister to investigate the CBSA officer and bring charges if warranted (1).

According to Immigration Canada, Lucy's file is in fact being evaluated, and a response could normally be expected imminently if she were allowed to remain in Canada. Unless Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale intervenes to suspend the deportation, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen expedites processing of her file, or the City of Montreal takes its responsibility seriously, Lucy will likely be deported before her file is determined.

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Source: Solidarity Across Borders and Immigrant Workers Centre

Contact: 438 933 7654 or 438 881 9174 or solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com

Background: www.solidarityacrossborders.org

(1) Under IRPA 127 (a) and/or 129 (1) (a).