Montreal, 13 April 2018 — A Sit-In is underway at the Laval Immigration Detention Centre in support of Lucy Francineth Granados. We are here with hope and love for our friend and neighbour, who is scheduled to be deported to Guatemala this morning at 9am.
Since Lucy's violent arrest by the CBSA on 20 March, we have signed petitions, written letters and articles, organized vigils, handed out flyers, called and visited our MPs and the Ministers, and held an 8-day Sit In outside CBSA offices. Support for Lucy grew to other cities in Canada. The Ministers ignored us, even though all we asked them to do was to look at Lucy's application for permanent residence before deporting her. Yesterday evening, the Federal Court refused to stop the deportation.
Deporting Lucy will plunge her children into poverty; they depend entirely on her support. Several medical experts have explicitly warned the Ministers that Lucy's physical and psychological health will be further jeopardized by the deportation; their prescriptions to safeguard her health, including a heart ultrasound, were simply ignored. Deporting Lucy will return her to the very violence that she hoped to leave behind in coming to Canada, and which has already taken the lives of four family members. The Ministers are proceeding with Lucy's deportation even though her arm has not even healed from the injury inflicted on her by the CBSA when they arrested her; her hand remains numb and her arm partially immobile.
Lucy has been a member of our communities for nine years. She has been actively involved in organizations working to improve the lives of other undocumented migrants.
We are here to:
– tell Lucy that we love and respect her as the friend, courageous mother, and caring neighbour that she is;
– insist that her immigration status has nothing to do with her membership in our community, and that we reject the way that the CBSA has tried to strip her of her humanity;
– reject a notion of citizenship built on exclusion, that motivates such attacks on our friends and neighbours; and
– demonstrate what inclusive and caring community means to us.
We are here to protect our friend and neighbour from being forcibly deported from her community here in Montreal.
— Friends and Neighbours of Lucy Granados
contact: 514 222 0205