We believe our public transit system should not be a border checkpoint. Translink and Transit Police should not ask for or retain immigration status information, and should they learn of someone’s immigration status they should not share that information with Canada Border Services Agency. Even police agencies in the U.S. are refusing to enforce federal immigration laws.
We call on Metro Vancouver’s TransLink, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, and the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service (Transit Police) to:
1) End the race and class based profiling of people on our public transit system and ensure access without fear of criminalization or deportation to all residents.
2) Stop turning people over to CBSA and stop enforcing federal immigration law, particularly given that most Transit Police referrals to CBSA are for situations where no warrant even exists.
3) Terminate the existing Memorandum of Understanding between Transit Police and Canada Border Services Agency and not enter into any such future collaborations with CBSA.
4) Ensure that a range of identification is accepted as sufficient to verify identity. This can range from passport, birth certificate or photo ID from country of origin; valid or expired immigration or visa documents; community center, public library, or food bank identification; bank card or tax forms; lease or any bill with place of residence; or a notarized letter.
5) Remove the CBSA Enforcement and Intelligence Division, CBSA Investigations Tip Line, and Immigration Warrant Response Center phone numbers as well as all immigration-related databases such as Immigration Detainees Management System from Translink and Transit Police databases.
If you are part of a group, email us ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you endorse our five demands:
Alliance for Peoples Health
BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre
Building Bridges-Human Rights Vancouver
Café Rebelde Collective
Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights
Check Your Head
Coalition of South Asian Women Against Violence
Council of Canadians
Critical Criminology Working Group at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Fraser Valley Peace Council
Industrial Workers of the World – Vancouver
Latinos in Action Society
Mexicans Living in Vancouver
Mining Justice Alliance
Neighborhood Care International Association
No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories
Purple Thistle Center
Radical Access Mapping Project
Rising Tide, Vancouver – Coast Salish Territory
Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group
Simon Fraser University School of Communication Graduate Caucus
Social Housing Alliance – BC
South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy
Streams of Justice
Talon – UBC
Trikone Vancouver (South Asian LGBTs in the Lower Mainland)
UBC Colour Connected Against Racism
UBC Global Queer Research Group
UBC Race Autobiography Gender and Age Graduate and Undergraduate Student Network
UBC Social Justice Center
Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users
Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group
Vancouver Critical Muslims
Vancouver Status of Women
West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund
York University Free Press