Series published in The Tyee | July 8-18, 2014
For the city’s undocumented immigrants, fear of discovery lurks in emergency rooms, schools, the local bus.
Keying off the May 29 story broken by The Tyee that Vancouver’s Vision-dominated city council is considering declaring Vancouver a “sanctuary city,” this in-depth series examines the roots and the implications of this potential policy shift.
PRELUDE EXCLUSIVE: Vancouver Council Supports ‘Sanctuary’ for Undocumented Migrants
The issue of undocumented immigrants reared up on Jan. 27, when David P. Ball revealed in 24 Hours newspaper that the B.C. Coroners Service was investigating the death of an undocumented Mexican woman in the custody of Canada Border Services Agency.
Five months after Lucía Vega Jiménez’s suicide, The Tyee learned that advocates took a step closer to seeing a new city policy implemented that would prevent municipal agents from feeding immigration authorities the information they need to find and deport undocumented migrants.
VIDEO: Inside Vancouver’s Sanctuary City Movement
This 12-minute video report accompanies a four-part Tyee series on sanctuary city for undocumented migrants, a policy which Vision-dominated city council is considering declaring.
Many deportations start with checks of SkyTrain riders. Deported Peruvian citizen Jazmine Rosales, 40, was just one of 328 people reported to CBSA by Transit Police last year, one-in-five of whom faced a subsequent immigration investigation.
As Vancouver begins its own journey towards enacting sanctuary policies akin to Toronto’s year-old reforms, senior police brass here say they can learn a few things from the U.S.’s second-largest city, Los Angeles.
TIMELINE: Policing Sanctuary City
The mayor of Burnaby and Vancouver’s Non-Partisan Association have thrown cold water on a push to have B.C.’s third-largest city offer undocumented immigrant residents access to municipal services without fear.
AUDIO: The Tyee’s interview with Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan
PART V: Vancouver’s Hidden Children
Many undocumented families, fearing deportation, don’t enrol kids in school even when the kids are citizens here. The Tyee speaks to some of them, and the teachers pushing for their right to an education.