End CBSA impunity: Supporters Demand Justice and Proper Medical Attention for Lucy Granados, Facing Deportation on Friday the 13th
What: Press point
When: Wednesday, April 11th at 10:30am
Where: outside CBSA offices, 1010 Saint-Antoine St. West, Montreal
Supporters of Lucy Francineth Granados demand appropriate medical attention and recourse for rights violations for the 42-year old single mother of three who is facing deportation to Guatemala on 13 April. CBSA yesterday refused to grant Lucy, who has lived in Montreal for 9 years, an administrative stay of deportation. Decrying CBSA impunity and its discretionary power over the lives of migrants, Lucy’s supporters are questioning both the humanity and impartiality of that decision.
Montreal’s Immigrant Workers’ Center is preparing a complaint to be filed imminently at the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) against the CBSA on behalf of Lucy. The complaint details the psychological and physical injury sustained during Lucy’s arrest by the CBSA. While a CHRC complaint appears to be the only avenue open to migrants seeking redress against CBSA, it is very limited and legal experts advise that persons with precarious status have in the past been denied this recourse. In parallel, recourse against earlier CBSA legal abuse in Lucy’s file is also being explored.
Today, “Lights for Lucy” gatherings will take place in many communities across the country. A Mothers for Lucy Sit-In outside CBSA offices in Montreal enters its 6th day today. Over 10,000 Canadians have signed a petition in support of the undocumented Montrealer, and public letters have been launched at several universities with signatures from hundreds of academics and students. Immigration Minister Hussen and Public Safety Minister Goodale have failed to respond to these country-wide mobilizations.
Granados’ lawyers have turned to the Federal Court in a bid to stop the federal government from deporting Lucy and to try to force Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to respond to Lucy’s application for permanent residence on humanitarian grounds, filed in September 2017, before her deportation.
Contact: 514-222-0205, 514 894 2455, 514-992-1662
Let Lucy Stay Campaign page: https://bit.ly/2GrwsZk
Immigrant Workers Centre
Tél. 514 342 2111