BLAC STATEMENTS

BLAC and Coalition of Community Organizations’ Letter to Ministers Regarding Immigration Removals and Anti-Black Racism

Nov 19, 2021

BLAC and a coalition of community organizations sent a joint letter to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Minister of Public Safety, and the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion regarding immigration removals and anti-Black racism, and requesting that:

  1. The Minister of Public Safety immediately suspend the enforcement of any removal order against a foreign national who came to Canada as a child and spent any period of their childhood in Canada’s child welfare system;
  2. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship immediately reinstate the permanent resident status of any former permanent resident in Canada who came to Canada as a child and spent any period of their childhood in Canada’s child welfare system, or in the alternative immediately grant such persons Temporary Resident Permits and waive any associated fees; and
  3. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship provide a path to citizenship for all current and former permanent residents who are currently in or have spent any period of their childhood in Canada’s child welfare system.

Read the full letter here.