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Transportation Not Deportation: Community, Legal, Human Rights Groups Speak At Transit Police Board Meeting On Transit Police and CBSA Collaboration, February 27, 2015

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    [Ann Drennan] We will no longer hold people for CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency);
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    nor will CBSA ask us to.
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    They're aware of everything that's been going on,
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    and they understand that this
    is not activity we will participate in.
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    We're just here to say that we think that the termination of the memorandum of understanding
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    and the directives that
    transit police have submitted to
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    are a step in the right direction,
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    and we just want to ensure
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    that information sharing does not occur
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    between transit police and CBSA
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    and that we have oversight of these directives.
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    We're really glad to see these reforms
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    to hopefully make it so that folks without status
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    can access transit with less fear
    of being reported to the CBSA and deported.
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    The point that we want to bring up
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    is that we still have
    tens of thousands of people in this region
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    who actually can't afford the bus fares.
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    Who structurally, because of low wages,
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    because of the welfare rates,
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    because of the high rents,
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    cannot afford to pay for transit,
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    which is a fundamental human right
    and a basic public service that people rely on.
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    Those people, which includes many migrant workers
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    who are working often for very low wages
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    still don't have access without fear
    to our public transit system.
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    They're still gonna have skytrain police with guns
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    being paid over $100,000 a year at a cost to taxpayers of $32 million a year
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    checking their busfares.
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    And we'd really like to see
    the transit police out of fare enforcement.
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    I want to start by acknowledging that we're here
    on un-ceded Coast Salish territories,
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    and thank you for the opportunity to speak.
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    First of all I want to start by
    congratulating everyone in this room
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    who has been part of making possible
    the recent encouraging developments,
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    which is the termination of the memorandum of
    understanding between transit police & CBSA.
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    All of us here have spent
    hours and hours advocating on this issue.
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    And we do so because we care
    very very deeply about this issue,
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    and we see it affecting our communities.
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    I think about Lucia Vega Jiménez,
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    who committed suicide and died in CSA custody.
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    She was initially turned over to CBSA by transit police
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    in part because transit police officer Jason believed
    that she wasn't originally from Canada.
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    And not only did she get a ticket for the lack of fare,
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    but she was then detained by transit police
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    and actually driven
    to the holding centre by transit police.
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    to do CBSA's work.
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    It was Lucia's tragic death that spurred a movement within the community over 10 months ago.
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    In May and in June, conversations
    among members of various groups
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    began to look at and to challenge transit police policy
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    in light of what became known to us in Lucia's death.
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    This includes groups like Mexicans Living in Vancouver, who are here today;
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    BCCLA, who is here today;
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    Sanctuary Health, No One Is Illegal, Rainbow Refugees,
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    and many other organizations.
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    As we are witnessing all across this continent,
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    people are questioning the role of police,
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    and the impact of policing
    on marginalized communities.
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Transportation Not Deportation: Community, Legal, Human Rights Groups Speak At Transit Police Board Meeting On Transit Police and CBSA Collaboration, February 27, 2015
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