Status for All!
Actions Held Across the Country
On Sunday, July 17 a Status for All Day of Action was held, called by the Migrant Rights Network.
In Montreal hundreds of people participated in a rally and march demanding status for all undocumented persons in Quebec and Canada. Montreal’s action was organized by a number of groups, including Solidarity Without Borders, the Immigrant Workers’ Centre, the Ligue des droits et libertés (LDL) and others. Numerous community groups and defence organizations working with the undocumented also participated. They demanded a regularization program for all undocumented migrants without exception.
Participants marched past the Montreal offices of Premier François Legault and concluded the march at Canada Place. Here a speaker from the Palestine Youth Movement stated: “We resist the politics of exclusion worldwide, which dictate who has the right to belong to a country and who has the right to live! Enough! We Demand Status For All!”
In Toronto migrant workers, international students and allies postered the constituency office of Liberal MP for Davenport Julie Dzerowitz, who is the Chair of the Immigration and Refugee National Caucus. They called on her to speak up to ensure that all migrants and refugees in Canada are provided full status instead of being criminalized.
The activists in Toronto also engaged with hundreds of people at the Bloor Festival, informing them of the struggles of migrants, international students, refugees and undocumented people for their rights including rights of all to permanent status.
Postering and awareness activities were also organized at the constituency offices of Liberal MP Chris Bittle of St. Catharines, as well as NDP MP Heather McPherson in Edmonton and a meeting took place in Vancouver.
The Migrant Rights Network’s campaign is mobilizing to hold the Trudeau government to its pledge to table a plan in parliament on September 8 to “allow workers of all skill levels permanent residency” and to “regularize” the status of undocumented people living in Canada.
(Photos: TML, Migrant Rights Network)