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address islamophobia: In a form letter reply to a request to my MP, Peter Kent, to consider supporting M103, he suggests that the word Islamophobia' is a confected term that has a wide range of meanings and interpretations, according to Toronto Star. He continues to say that a phobia is a medical term that relates to an anxiety disorder. Some Conservatives, it would seem, reject the use of the term Islamophobia itself. It is inappropriate to apply in Parliamentary debate. It's time to address Islamophobia and not fan its flames. Kent and those who share his views need to understand the term is apt, clear and the problem is there. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

african media: South African officials are appealing to people to refrain from remarks that could incite violence, according to Metro News. South African media say homes belonging to Nigerians were recently set on fire in neighbourhoods of Johannesburg and Pretoria, the capital. Security officials said Wednesday that threatening posts, made by South Africans and immigrants against each other, have escalated. Shops run by Somalis and Pakistanis were also looted. In 2015, anti-immigrant riots in and around the South Africa city of Durban killed at least six people. Nigeria has urged the South African government to protect Nigerians and other African nationals currently in South Africa. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

agreement: Under the agreement, Canada is unable to consider asylum for anyone who enters from the U.S., which is deemed a safe country in which to apply for asylum, according to CBC. Government pressed on plan to deal with migrants illegally crossing into CanadaRCMP bracing for more border crossers amid community concerns The agreement has recently been linked to an increasing number of people trying to illegally cross the border from the U.S. into Canada. The 2004 Canada-United States agreement requires refugees to make an asylum claim in the first possible country they reach. The situation has changed due to immigration and refugee policy changes in the States, as evidenced by the situation on ground with refugee claimants not feeling that they will be able to go through a fair process in the U.S. and are seeking to enter into Canada, said Jeremy Barretto, a lawyer with the group behind the petition, Canadians for Welcoming Refugees. Barretto says as of Feb. 17 this year, 80 individuals have crossed Manitoba's border on foot and he's concerned more people will risk injury or death if the situation isn't resolved. Migrants risking lives to cross border Hundreds of refugees in the U.S. have been braving long walks in freezing winter temperatures to cross Canada outside of regular border crossings. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

american president: David Johnston found himself talking about Canada's system of private sponsorship for refugees during a trip to Sweden this week, arriving just as the Scandinavian country found itself in the crosshairs of the new American president over immigration, according to Metro News. Johnston said the idea of mobilizing private groups to sponsor refugees and help them out financially when they first arrive is a foreign concept to many countries, including Sweden. Gen. He said Swedish officials have shown a keen interest in Canada's private system as a way to overcome immigration and integration challenges. In Sweden, the government has enacted stricter border controls along with other measures to curb the number of asylum-seeking refugees, a figure that spiked to about 162,000 in 2015. As of January, more than one-third of the Syrian refugees recently brought to Canada came through the private sponsorship program. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

border: That could include people arrested for shoplifting or minor offences or simply having crossed the border illegally, according to CBC. The Trump administration memos replace narrower guidance focusing on immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes, are considered threats to national security or are recent border crossers. Any immigrant who is in the country illegally and is charged or convicted of any offence, or even suspected of a crime, will now be an enforcement priority, according to Homeland Security Department memos signed by Secretary John Kelly. Under Barack Obama's administration guidance, immigrants whose only violation was being in the country illegally were generally left alone. Crossing the border illegally is a criminal offence, and the new memos make clear that those who have done so are included in the broad list of enforcement priorities. Those immigrants fall into two categories those who crossed the border without permission and those who overstayed their visas. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

border: The short answer a lot, according to CTV. A look at some of what the policy memos say the government will do. --- SEND IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE CROSSED THE BORDER ILLEGALLY TO MEXICO - EVEN IF THEY'RE NOT MEXICAN A border security memo calls for the use of a long-standing but obscure U.S. law to send some immigrants who have crossed the border illegally back to Mexico even if they are from other countries. Now a pair of enforcement memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly lay bare exactly what the Trump administration plans to do and how many of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally will be targeted for deportation. The memo and the law it cites don't include details on how or if the U.S. can force the Mexican government to allow foreigners to wait in that country while U.S. officials decide their fate. The proposal is likely to come up in discussions this week in Mexico among Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Mexican government. --- UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN One of Kelly's memos directs the Homeland Security Department to stop providing some legal protections to child immigrants caught crossing the border alone if they are reunited with their parents or a legal guardian inside the United States. Historically, the U.S. has jailed and tried to deport foreigners from countries other than Mexico, while Mexican nationals could be easily and quickly sent back over the border. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

canadian guide: Globe editorial Is Canada ready for Donald Trump's refugee crisis Read more What's going on with Trump's immigration ban A Canadian guide Related Asylum seekers' cold crossings to Canada A guide to the saga so far Mr, according to Globe and Mail. Coderre's latest stunt having Montreal declared a sanctuary city is of a different order. Coderre has repeatedly shown himself to be no less a populist than Donald Trump, albeit of a different stripe, taking a jackhammer to prevent Canada Post from installing a community mailbox and pulling other childish stunts to pander to his base. If it means what the mayor says it means similar declarations by Toronto and Vancouver have proved mostly symbolic it could do serious harm by contributing to an erosion of public trust in Canada's immigration and refugee system. Do we really want Canadian politics to descend down this polarizing path Just whom is Mr. Bragging about harbouring illegal immigrants invites an equal and opposite reaction from right-wing populists who'd shut the door entirely on asylum seekers. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

emergency passport: Canadian officials have been trying to remove Sumaida ever since he arrived in Toronto in 1990 for asylum and was deemed inadmissible to the country a year later for his espionage activities that they said made him complicit in crimes against humanity, according to Hamilton Spectator. In fact, Ottawa did deport him once to Tunisia the birthplace of his Iraqi diplomat father, where he himself had never been in 2005, but Sumaida assumed a false identity, Brandon Timothy Casey, and returned on an emergency passport. A former double agent for the Israeli intelligence service and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime, the now 52-year-old Hamilton man said his life would be in danger if he was sent anywhere in the Middle East. After living a low-profile life over the last decade, raising a family with a job in construction, Sumaida said he recently got a letter in the mail informing him that a pre-removal risk assessment had been initiated to determine if it's safe for him to be deported to Tunisia again. Just don't make me go back there and be tortured, Sumaida told the Star. I just want to stay alive in Canada, even with no status. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

espionage activities: Canadian officials have been trying to remove Sumaida ever since he arrived in Toronto in 1990 for asylum and was deemed inadmissible to the country a year later for his espionage activities that they said made him complicit in crimes against humanity, according to Toronto Star. In fact, Ottawa did deport him once to Tunisia the birthplace of his Iraqi diplomat father, where he himself had never been in 2005, but Sumaida assumed a false identity, Brandon Timothy Casey, and returned on an emergency passport. Steve Russell / Toronto Star By Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter Wed., Feb. 22, 2017 Hussein Ali Sumaida says Canada is the only safe haven for him even if he spends the rest of his life here without legal status.A former double agent for the Israeli intelligence service and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime, the now 52-year-old Hamilton man said his life would be in danger if he was sent anywhere in the Middle East. After living a low-profile life over the last decade, raising a family with a job in construction, Sumaida said he recently got a letter in the mail informing him that a pre-removal risk assessment had been initiated to determine if it's safe for him to be deported to Tunisia again. Just don't make me go back there and be tortured, Sumaida told the Star. Article Continued Below I just want to stay alive in Canada, even with no status. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

african media: South African officials are appealing to people to refrain from remarks that could incite violence, according to The Waterloo Record. South African media say homes belonging to Nigerians were recently set on fire in neighbourhoods of Johannesburg and Pretoria, the capital. Security officials said Wednesday that threatening posts, made by South Africans and immigrants against each other, have escalated. Shops run by Somalis and Pakistanis were also looted. In 2015, anti-immigrant riots in and around the South Africa city of Durban killed at least six people. Nigeria has urged the South African government to protect Nigerians and other African nationals currently in South Africa. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

american president: David Johnston found himself talking about Canada's system of private sponsorship for refugees during a trip to Sweden this week, arriving just as the Scandinavian country found itself in the crosshairs of the new American president over immigration, according to The Waterloo Record. Johnston said the idea of mobilizing private groups to sponsor refugees and help them out financially when they first arrive is a foreign concept to many countries, including Sweden. Gen. He said Swedish officials have shown a keen interest in Canada's private system as a way to overcome immigration and integration challenges. In Sweden, the government has enacted stricter border controls along with other measures to curb the number of asylum-seeking refugees, a figure that spiked to about 162,000 in 2015. As of January, more than one-third of the Syrian refugees recently brought to Canada came through the private sponsorship program. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

border: The short answer a lot.A look at some of what the policy memos say the government will do, according to Brandon Sun. SEND IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE CROSSED THE BORDER ILLEGALLY TO MEXICO EVEN IF THEY'RE NOT MEXICANA border security memo calls for the use of a long-standing but obscure U.S. law to send some immigrants who have crossed the border illegally back to Mexico even if they are from other countries. Now a pair of enforcement memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly lay bare exactly what the Trump administration plans to do and how many of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally will be targeted for deportation. The memo and the law it cites don't include details on how or if the U.S. can force the Mexican government to allow foreigners to wait in that country while U.S. officials decide their fate. The proposal is likely to come up in discussions this week in Mexico among Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Mexican CHILDRENOne of Kelly's memos directs the Homeland Security Department to stop providing some legal protections to child immigrants caught crossing the border alone if they are reunited with their parents or a legal guardian inside the United States. Historically, the U.S. has jailed and tried to deport foreigners from countries other than Mexico, while Mexican nationals could be easily and quickly sent back over the border. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

executive orders: It's not surprising that the inauguration of Donald Trump was met with the largest outpouring of anger in living memory, according to Rabble. In the first month he proved our worst fears to be justified. The murder by a white supremacist, fuelled by the Islamophobia of Marie Le Pen and Donald Trump, stands as a shocking notice of what is at stake in 2017 and beyond. Executive orders to build a wall against Mexico and bar Muslims foster a climate of fear and division, while his cabinet of billionaires are set to gut labour standards, public education and equality rights. The cabinet was shuffled, disgraced former PM Brian Mulroney was recruited, and the Keystone pipeline decision applauded. In Canada, the Trudeau government is positioning itself to accommodate the new reality of an America First doctrine. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

integration challenges: David Johnston found himself talking about Canada's system of private sponsorship for refugees during a trip to Sweden this week, arriving just as the Scandinavian country found itself in the crosshairs of the new American president over immigration, according to CTV. Johnston said the idea of mobilizing private groups to sponsor refugees and help them out financially when they first arrive is a foreign concept to many countries, including Sweden. Gen. He said Swedish officials have shown a keen interest in Canada's private system as a way to overcome immigration and integration challenges. In Sweden, the government has enacted stricter border controls along with other measures to curb the number of asylum-seeking refugees, a figure that spiked to about 162,000 in 2015. As of January, more than one-third of the Syrian refugees recently brought to Canada came through the private sponsorship program. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

google: I know that for a fact because I was curious and wanted to put some numbers to that statement; and, as you know, Google makes it very easy, according to Huffington Post Canada. And really, what better time to see what we're truly made of than this year, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation Turns out that since 1867, more than 17 million immigrants have made Canada their home. Mark Blinch/Reuters When Canada is described as a nation of immigrants, it's not an exaggeration. I'm the granddaughter of immigrants myself. My maternal grandparents were from Russia. My dad's parents came to Canada from Latvia. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

hands cuffed: For so long, the people at ICE and CBP had their hands cuffed behind them, according to Hamilton Spectator. The Obama administration had so many exceptions for who could be adjudicated that it made it very difficult for the customs and enforcement people to do their job and enforce the laws of this country. President Donald Trump's press secretary made a claim about two agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection. Whatever constraints agents might have faced, they deported more than 2 million immigrants during the eight years Obama was in office, more than in previous administrations. Republican lawmakers and some ICE officials did complain that they were directed to ignore some immigrants found living in the country illegally if they didn't have serious criminal histories or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. They sent back 409,000 in 2012 alone, a record. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

i share: Thousands attended the ceremony, and thousands cheered loudly, according to Huffington Post Canada. It was an emotional moment for the Alfredsson family and for the people of Ottawa, who have adopted 'Alfie' as one of their own. What ovation, you ask I'm referring to the one given just over a month ago in Ottawa, Canada to Sweden native and former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, whose No. 11 jersey was recently retired by the team. Both on and off the ice he has given so much to the community and to Canada, and we were very proud to welcome him as a Canadian citizen last year. One, because Daniel Alfredsson is back in Sweden this week as a delegate on our Canadian State visit. Why do I share this story For several reasons. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

iraq canada: The Canadian Press By Lee Berthiaume The Canadian Press Wed., Feb. 22, 2017 DOHUK, IRAQ Canada's promise to resettle hundreds of Yazidis by the end of the year is being welcomed in Iraq, where Yazidi women and girls have endured horrific abuse and persecution at the hands of Daesh, also known as ISIS and ISIL. Among those who have greeted the news with open arms is Saud Khalid, who was kidnapped by Daesh in August 2014 and sold as a sex slave three times before escaping after a year in captivity.UN officials recently interviewed the 23-year-old about going to Canada and she's hoping she and her young son will be among the 1,200 Yazidis and other Daesh survivors accepted by the Liberal government, according to Toronto Star. We wish to go and live in Canada because here our situation is not good in general, she said through a translator on Wednesday. Conservative MP Michelle Rempel praised the move as smart public policy. We live in bad conditions and we want to go. And my hope is if my relatives still being held by ISIL, if they escape, I want them to also join me in Canada. If they take me to Canada, I will never come back. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

memos: The short answer a lot, according to The Chronicle Herald. A look at some of what the policy memos say the government will do. Now a pair of enforcement memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly lay bare exactly what the Trump administration plans to do and how many of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally will be targeted for deportation. SEND IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE CROSSED THE BORDER ILLEGALLY TO MEXICO EVEN IF THEY'RE NOT MEXICAN A border security memo calls for the use of a long-standing but obscure U.S. law to send some immigrants who have crossed the border illegally back to Mexico even if they are from other countries. Historically, the U.S. has jailed and tried to deport foreigners from countries other than Mexico, while Mexican nationals could be easily and quickly sent back over the border. The memo and the law it cites don't include details on how or if the U.S. can force the Mexican government to allow foreigners to wait in that country while U.S. officials decide their fate. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

muslim-majority nations: Trump's original order temporarily banning all entry into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations and pausing the entire U.S. refugee program was blocked in the courts, according to CTV. The directive sparked confusion at airports and protests across the country. Trump had said his administration would unveil the new order this week, but a White House official says that has been delayed. The White House said it would rewrite the order to try to address some of the legal issues that arose in the legal proceedings. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the internal process and insisted on anonymity. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

resettlement plan: We wish to go and live in Canada because here our situation is not good in general, she said through a translator on Wednesday, according to CBC. We live in bad conditions and we want to go. UN officials recently interviewed the 23-year-old about going to Canada and she's hoping she and her young son will be among the 1,200 Yazidis and other ISIS survivors accepted by the Liberal government. If they take me to Canada, I will never come back. Liberals unveil resettlement plan for 1,200 Yazidis, other victims of ISISProsecute ISIS fighters for all crimes not just terrorism, expert says Corruption is biggest hurdle to bringing Yazidis to Canada, expert warns The government's plan has also been welcomed by Dr. And my hope is if my relatives still being held by ISIS, if they escape, I want them to also join me in Canada. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

signature instrument: Along with food, it offers a subtle entryway for customs to meet, according to The Chronicle Herald. In the early days of recorded music, ethnic styles were prevalent, and often crossed boundaries. POP LIFE PLAYLIST Immigrants often broadened Western culture through music. Bing Crosby's Irish tenor suited new techniques in recording. A nationwide interest in Hawaiian music in the 1920s led to the invention of country music's signature instrument, the pedal steel guitar. Crosby introduced the notion that popular song can be an intimate conversation between performer and listener both Adele and Beyonc owe a debt to Crosby. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

crude work: Gladstone secondary was vandalized Feb. 19, 2017, according to Vancouver Courier. Photo Facebook He described the crude work as words and symbols that were offensive and disgusting. Located in the Joyce-Collingwood neighbourhood, which is home to many immigrants and residents from diverse backgrounds, the graffiti appeared Feb. 20 and was covered the next morning, said the school's principal Chris Parker. Reaction against the threatening graffiti came from politicians, student groups as well as the school. The words that are important to us are on a banner that sits outside the front door of this school every day in broad daylight, wrote Parker in a message printed on Gladstone letterhead. It is important to me and to us that those words and images were quickly painted over as they have no place at this school, in this community, or in this country. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

minority government: This was in Sainte-Foy, Que., but the crowd didn't seem to mind that he was speaking English, according to National Observer. They laughed, cheered and applauded throughout his speech. ; That's how I first met Ezra Levant. On stage, a bespectacled Calgarian was railing against what he called the fascist theocracy of militant Islam. It was October 2010 and I was covering the launch of R seau Libert -Qu bec for CTV. The Quebec Freedom Network, which claimed inspiration from the U.S. Tea Party movement, aimed to boost right-wing politics in a province traditionally dominated by the debate between sovereignty and federalism. Back in 2010, Stephen Harper was the leader of a minority government. Levant was still months away from launching his show on Sun News Network, which preceded his current project, The Rebel.media. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

news conference: That won't change, say government officials who are protecting the identity of the asylum seekers because of just how vulnerable they are, according to National Observer. Some of these women haven't even told their own families about what they experienced at the hands of their persecutors, associate deputy immigration minister Dawn Edlund told a news conference alongside Hussen. But unlike the thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Syria who were greeted by flashing cameras and intense public exposure, the Yazidis have been entering the country with no fanfare. Others are worried that, should their identities be revealed, the family members and friends they've left behind will face retribution, she said. But Rempel, who commended the Liberals for taking in the Yazidis after her own previous Conservative government failed to act, said she's been shocked by the stories she's heard and amazed by the resilience of the survivors of rape, torture and other unspeakable atrocities. Hussen wouldn't detail the experiences the Yazidis have endured, encouraging reporters to instead seek out the information from United Nations reports that have chronicled their fate at the hands of extremists bent on genocide. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

soulpepper-culture link: But once newcomers have made the difficult transition of leaving one country for another and their most basic needs are met, how can those arriving in Toronto get a deeper understanding of their new cultural landscape For Isabella Yan, a 2016 participant in the Soulpepper-Culture Link New Canadians Welcome Program, the answer is simple theatre, according to NOW Magazine. This program has made our new Canadian life enlightening, enriching and much fun. Many Canadians, including Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party, have been distinguishing between our approach to welcoming new Canadians with what's taking shape in the United States and elsewhere in the world. It is a great life experience, says Yan, who emigrated from China. The experience helps create crucial first connections with other newcomer families and the arts community through special welcome events and a full year of free tickets to all Soulpepper performances. Founded in 2015 and supported in part by the annual Soulpepper at Play fundraising event, the program invites newcomers in Toronto to be part of the creative community at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto's Distillery District. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.