- Undocumented/non-status immigrants and refugees who have been living without status in Canada have made and continue to make vital contributions to our society;
- They have been denied access to basic social supports, health services and educational opportunities;
- They are exploited and marginalized because of lack of status;
- The rights of the children of undocumented/non-status immigrants and refugees, including those who are Canadian-born, are often violated and they and their parents have no recourse because they are fearful of being deported;
- An increasingly restrictive Canadian immigration policy serves as a prohibitive barrier to equitable access to immigration to Canada;
- In the past the Canadian Government has instituted special programs to regularize the status of such persons without status;
- A just and humane solution must be sought to address the problem of the large numbers of undocumented/non-status immigrants and refugees in the country;
That the CCR, together with other organizations and coalitions working for the rights of undocumented/non-status immigrants and refugees, advocate with CIC to develop a process that will allow those without status the opportunity to have their status regularized in Canada.