Press Release - June 29, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fighting the Ban: Canadian Coalition of Lawyers and Advocates Facilitate a Coordinated Effort Across Canada and Beyond
Travel and Refugee Ban goes into effect June 29, 2017 at 8:00pm EST
June 29, 2017
Toronto, ON, Ottawa, ON, Winnipeg, MB, Vancouver, BC
The Canadian Cross-Border Legal Coalition (“CCBLC”) is deploying volunteer lawyers and advocates to major airports across Canada to monitor the implementation of the U.S. travel ban and assist affected travellers. This effort is in response to the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision allowing the revised travel and refugee ban to go into effect June 29, 2017 at 8:00pm EST.
Travellers from the predominantly Muslim countries Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen are barred entry to the U.S. for 90 days, unless they fall under certain exceptions, including having a bona fide relationship to a person or entity in the U.S., or qualify for a waiver.
The Coalition is reaching out to the public with the following information:
The CCBLC Coalition currently has teams of lawyers and law students on call at Toronto Pearson (YYZ), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Winnipeg International Airport (YWG), and Ottawa’s Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW). Their aim is to monitor, provide traveler support, and coordinate what is needed going forward. Lawyers can be present at some Canadian airports to help affected travellers. If you are travelling through Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, CCBLC lawyers may be able to be on site to help you if you encounter problems.
Providing a reliable record of injustices experienced at the border will help legal teams fight the travel bans. Please get in touch with us if you or someone you know has been turned away at an airport or land border (from the first EO issued January 27 and onwards). Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including your first name, your current location and your phone number, and a legal professional will contact you as soon as possible.
“The hundreds of lawyers from the GTA and across Canada who have volunteered to help CCBLC resist the American travel ban are showing how the legal community comes together when our rights and values are threatened. By being present at airports across the country and providing important information to travellers about their rights, our volunteers are making sure that Canadian residents and people travelling through Canada are treated with dignity and respect. We reject the discriminatory travel ban from the U.S., and will continue to take steps to ensure that his discrimination does not infringe people in Canada” says Corey Shefman, coordinator of Pearson Airport monitoring.
Media are welcome to monitor these activities at Canadian airports. For interviews and background information, please contact the following point people:
Corey Shefman, Coordinator of Pearson Airport monitoring, 204-230-3590
Ronalee Carey, Ronalee Carey Law, 613-277-9401
Josh Paterson, Executive Director of the BCCLA, 778-829-8973
Jennifer O’Leary, Coordinator of Vancouver International Airport monitoring, 778-994-8225
About The Canadian Cross-Border Legal Coalition:
The CCBLC is a network of Canadian lawyers working to help those impacted by the US President’s discriminatory travel ban, in partnership with colleagues in the US and around the world. The Canadian Cross-Border Legal Coalition grew out of the spontaneous mobilization of hundreds of lawyers who rushed to airports in the US and Canada to help those impacted by this discriminatory Executive Order. It brings together leading Canadian organizations and groups of volunteer lawyers and law students who quickly came together to oppose the ban and fight for the rights of those impacted.
Coalition partners include:
● The Refugee Hub
● Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
● Canadian Civil Liberties Association
● British Columbia Civil Liberties Association
● Dedicated groups of lawyers and law students who have self-organized across Canada
● Leaders in the Canadian legal community