On April 1st, Sanctuary City Hamilton, is rallying in front of the Federal Building to tell the Federal Government to stop the deportation of thousands to migrant workers in Canada.
When: Wednesday, April 1st at 4pm
Where: Federal Building – 55 Bay Street, Hamilton ON
Come to demand an end to 4 and 4, and permanent residency for all workers in Canada!
This action is being done in conjunction with other cities and migrant justice organizations across Canada.
As of April 1, 2015, all migrant workers in Canada in low-waged jobs and on Temporary Foreign Worker or Live-In Caregiver permits will be barred from working in the country for more than four years. All those that have been in Canada more than that time will face mass deportation. They will also be banned from returning to work in Canada for four years. Those that choose to stay will become undocumented.
These changes are effectively a mass deportation. These rules will tear apart families, friends and communities across the country. Migrant workers pay tens of thousands of dollars to come to Canada and work at minimum wage jobs to provide an opportunity for their family; so that their children can go to school; and to have a better life. The 4 and 4 rule strips away migrant workers’ dignity, forces workers already in precarity into further uncertainty, and imposes discriminatory and arbitrary barriers on how long workers can stay here.
That these migrants have worked in Canada for four years proves that their jobs are permanent, not temporary. These friends and community members deserve permanent residence, not deportation. This 4 and 4 rule entrenches a revolving door immigration policy, employers can simply replace current with new workers.
Please sign and share this petition: www.change.org/p/stop-the-mass-deportation-of-thousands-of-immigrants-on-april-1st
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in endorsing the rally or would like to help out with organizing.