LUCY FRANCINETH GRANADOS: DEPORTATION WILL NOT TAKE PLACE TODAY; LUCY REMAINS AT RISK OF IMMINENT DEPORTATION; DETENTION REVIEW HEARING AND RALLY TOMORROW AT 9AM
Montreal, 27 March 2018 — Lucy Francineth Granados’ deportation has been postponed after an emergency hospitalization yesterday. She remains, however, in detention and at imminent risk of deportation. Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen has so far failed to respond to urgent demands presented by organizations, community groups, and members of Parliament on Lucy’s behalf. A statutory detention review hearing will take place tomorrow at 9am; a Solidarity Rally will take place outside starting at 8:30 (Guy Favreau Complexe).
“On Monday March 26, Lucy was brought from the detention centre to the offices of Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) to prepare for her deportation,” said Viviana Medina from the Immigration Workers Centre, one of a dozen friends and supporters who arrived at the hospital late last night. “There, she blacked out and was brought to a hospital for emergency care. She was told that she would leave the hospital this morning and return to detention. We demand that she be released from this stressful situation immediately.”
At the hospital, CBSA officers stationed in front of her door refused to allow her to receive visits or communicate with anyone, except her lawyer. Although Lucy was hospitalized at 1pm, her lawyer was not informed of the situation until after 7pm, when friends were informed that her visiting hours at the Laval detention centre were cancelled.
“Since last Thursday, when Lucy had a detention review hearing, her lawyer has been stonewalled by CBSA. She was unable even to receive confirmation that the deportation was scheduled for today, let alone the time. No response was ever given to the administrative stay application, filed Friday,” said Alonso Gamarra, with Solidarity Across Borders. “Obviously, all of this uncertainty tremendously compounded Lucy’s stress.”
The uncertainty and lack of transparency surrounding Lucy’s deportation continue. At the moment, no new deportation date has been announced to Lucy or her lawyer. “We denounce the violence with which our friend and neighbour Lucy is being treated, and the harms caused by her isolation. She must be released now and allowed to remain in Canada.” said Gamarra.
Lucy is still waiting for a response on her application for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds is processed, filed last September 2017.
Solidarity Across Borders
The Immigrant Workers Centre