In the News July 15
Status for All!
Montreal March for Status For All
As part of a July 17 national day of action for Status for All, Solidarity Across Borders issued a call for a mass action in Montreal. Excerpts from the call are below.
As the federal government is in the process of developing a regularization program for undocumented migrants, precarious status migrants and their friends, neighbours and allies will march together to demand a full regularization program for ALL. […]
We are not disposable! Stop forcing us into the most abusive jobs and then pretending we don’t exist! Stop prioritizing temporary, submissive labour — regularize the status of all migrants!
Like everyone else, we people without status always do our best to move ahead in life, and to have a dignified life. We do our best to take care of our family and beloved ones. We do our best to have a job and to put food on the table. We do our best for our community, our friends, and our neighbors. We do our best to respect our neighbors and respect the place where we live.
During the worst moments of the pandemic, we put our bodies in the front lines. We worked hard in the factories, day and night, to ensure that services and products were delivered to the population. Some of us worked hard in nursing homes to make sure the most vulnerable could have the care they deserve. And we turned up again and again in collective efforts to take care of each other: we volunteered, raised funds, took risks, and showed respect for the life of those most affected.
We are worth no more or less than anyone else. But the politicians and the capitalists treat us like we have no value. In the most difficult moments, we were forgotten, rejected, or left behind in their “recovery plans.” In the most critical moments of suffering, illness, poverty, and fear, we asked the government for permanent residency, status for all, so that we could overcome our suffering. They ignored us, offering only the narrowest, most complicated of regularization programmes, excluding the vast majority of us. As a result, we and our families continue to struggle even to survive; still under threat of detention and deportation.
Today there is an historic opportunity with this federal program to regularize undocumented migrants and we will rise to seize it, despite the obstacles placed in our way! Join us!!
(Solidarity Across Borders)
Workers’ Forum, posted July 15, 2022.