1. EQUITABLE ACCESS IN AFRICA
- Equitable access to resettlement and dignified treatment are fundamental to a just refugee resettlement system;
- Processing times for refugees to Canada from Africa are unacceptably long;
- The number of visa offices processing permanent residence applications in Africa is shockingly inadequate;
- CIC does not have the physical office space and resources to process applications;
- Refugees and their families suffer disproportionately from this situation in spite of the reality that African countries host huge numbers of refugees in need of resettlement;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the CCR call on the government of Canada to provide:
- Sufficient visa offices in Africa to ensure adequate access.
- Sufficient resources to ensure timely processing times for refugee and family class applications in Africa.
2. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy
- Law enforcement agencies have been widely known to engage in the practice of asking for the immigration status of detained and non-detained individuals;
- There has been a CBSA presence during and after police raids;
- It is widely known that racial profiling is an established practice of law enforcement agencies;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the CCR:
- Call for all relevant law enforcement agencies to adopt a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy;
- Denounce racial profiling during raids in geographic areas that house immigrant and refugee communities.