Outsourcing racism: Bill C-31, Prison Expansion, and the Detention of Immigrants

Darwish, Amy; Latham, Graham

Date Written:  10/05/2013
Year Published:  2013  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX15673

Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, CBSA may arrest and detain a foreign national or permanent resident they deem a threat to public safety, a potential flight risk, unable to substantiate their identity, or a threat to “national security.” Despite the regular invocation of migrants as potentially dangerous and as “criminal,” in reality the overwhelming majority of detainees (94.2%) are held for reasons entirely unrelated to questions of security. Indeed, entire families, including young children, are currently imprisoned in Canadian detention centers.

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