See Something? Say Something
Armed transit police should not be on our public transit system and transit should not be a border checkpoint. Transit is a right and no one should be targeted or criminalised for accessing it.
What can you do?
1. If you are a victim or a witness of profiling by Transit Police or Transit Police collaboration with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), e-mail us at transportnotdeport @gmail.com
2. If you are comfortable doing it, ask Transit Police under what circumstances they turn people over to CBSA. Tell us what you find out at at transportnotdeport @gmail.com
3. Learn more at https://transportationnotdeportation.wordpress.com
About Canada’s Immigration System
Lucia Vega Jiménez, who died in Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) custody after being turned over by Transit police, is one of a growing number of tax-paying undocumented migrants. Citizenship, refugee and immigration law reforms by the Conservative government are increasing the number of people facing detention and deportation. Routes to permanent residency for refugees, skilled workers and family members have been narrowly restricted, while citizenship is becoming harder to get and easier to lose.Rather than being rooted in moral concerns, these changes have economic interests as their basis. For example, the low-skilled Temporary Foreign Worker Program wields the threat of deportation to keep migrant workers as cheap labour.
About Vancouver’s Transit Police
Public transportation is increasingly militarized and privatized. Vancouver’s Transit police are the only armed transit police force in the country, with an annual budget of $31 million that is expected to grow 25% over the next few years.Transit police and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have a Memorandum of Understanding since 2007. Transit Police reported 328 people to CBSA in 2013. One of these people was Lucia Vega Jiménez, who later committed suicide in a detention center. A transit police officer testified that he turned Lucia over to CBSA, in part, because Lucia had an accent. Not all those who are turned over to CBSA are for reasons of fare enforcement. This suggests that, under other pretenses, Transit police are themselves initiating immigration investigations.
All of us, migrant or not, deemed undocumented by the state or not, should work together against a system which has only the needs of profit in mind.