Interview with Omar Chu of the Transportation Not Deportation Campaign

The Volcano interviews Omar Chu

Public Transit not a Border Checkpoint: Interview with Omar Chu of the Transportation Not Deportation Campaign

Read here: http://thevolcano.org/2015/03/22/public-transit-not-a-border-checkpoint-interview-with-omar-chu-of-the-transportation-not-deportation-campaign/

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Vancouver Transit Police end agreement with CBSA

Vancouver Transit Police end agreement with CBSA
By H.G. Hamilton | February 23, 2015 in Rabble

On Friday February 20, Vancouver Transit Police announced that it will cease its agreement with the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) and end its enforcement of federal immigration law.

The termination of the agreement is a huge victory for the Transportation not Deportation campaign.

“Transit Police informed representatives of the Transportation not Deportation campaign that they will terminate their Memorandum of Understanding with CBSA, that officers must receive permission from a Watch Commander to initiate contact with CBSA, and that they will not detain people without warrants for items that are simply contravention of immigration law,” confirms Omar Chu of Transportation not Deportation in an email to rabble.

This triumph comes at a time when Vancouver’s TransLink is a focal point of media attention due to the upcoming Transit Referendum.

“This victory by the Transportation not Deportation campaign was due, in large part, to being able to strategically target TransLink and Transit Police at a time, with the upcoming Transit referendum as well as a series of financial scandals, when they are particularly susceptible to backlash and are vulnerable to concerted organizing against their practices of privatization and militarization,” says Harsha Walia of Transportation not Deportation in an email to rabble.

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CBSA concurs with end of Transit Police agreement

CBSA concurs with end of Transit Police agreement

by Canadian Press – BC Local News

VANCOUVER – A Canada Border Services Agency spokeswoman says the agency agrees there is no need to continue with a memorandum of understanding with Metro Vancouver Transit Police.

Jennifer Bourque says the intent of the agreement was meant to facilitate the placement of a CBSA officer in Transit Police offices in order to help with information sharing.

But she says since information sharing is covered under existing privacy legislation, CBSA did not see the need to have an officer embedded with Transit Police and the memorandum was never used.

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Transit police end CBSA agreement after Mexican migrant’s death

Transit police end CBSA agreement after Mexican migrant’s death
By Matt Kieltyka Metro

Metro Vancouver Transit Police is ending a policy with Canadian Border Services Agency that played a role in the lead-up to the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez in 2013.

The department announced on Friday it has discontinued a Memorandum of Understanding with the CBSA and will only arrest people during fare checks if they have outstanding warrants, regardless of their immigration status.

Jimenez, an undocumented migrant from Mexico, died days after hanging herself in a Vancouver airport holding cell while awaiting deportation in December 2013 – having been taken into custody initially by Transit Police during a fare check.

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Metro Vancouver Transit police end controversial agreement with CBSA

Metro Vancouver Transit police end controversial agreement with CBSA
Decision follows suicide of undocumented migrant Lucia Vega Jimenez

By Tamara Baluja, CBC News Posted: Feb 20, 2015 8:01 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 21, 2015 1:36 PM PT

Metro Vancouver Transit Police will end its controversial agreement with Canada Border Services Agency after undocumented migrant Lucia Vega Jimenez hung herself in 2013.

Previously, transit police would hold an undocumented migrant who the CBSA was interested in, if they found one evading fare.

As of next week, transit police spokesperson Anne Drennan said it will continue to make arrests on outstanding warrants, but “police will who encounter undocumented migrants during the course of fare enforcement activities will leave any follow-up action to federal authorities.”

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