Stop the Deportation of Mr. Roy: Urgent Call to Action
Emergency Rally on Thursday, September 28th, starting at 10:30am at Immigration Minister Marc Miller’s office- 3175 Saint Jacques (Metro Lionel Groulx)
Mr. Roy, a detainee at the Laval migrant prison, is calling for support to stop his imminent deportation. After his refugee claim was refused, Mr Roy tried to submit a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment application, but it was refused after his lawyer abruptly abandoned the case, as she deemed legal aid to be insufficient and he lacked the financial means to pay more.
While his deportation was initially scheduled for August 15 2023, it was postponed when Mr. Roy complained of consistent chest pain at a detention review hearing- which had not been taken seriously by the migrant prison medical staff- and the judge ordered that an immediate medical evaluation be done. Only then was he sent to a hospital, where tests revealed he needed surgery. For the duration of his hospital stay, he was handcuffed to his bed, in the presence of multiple CBSA guards- unable to receive phone calls or visits. Mr Roy underwent quadruple coronary by-pass surgery on September 7th, where his ribs were broken to operate on his heart, and two large veins were removed from his leg. Only five days later, he was returned to detention. Since then, he has clearly not recovered- his incision has not fully healed, he is experiencing terrible pain for which he only receives Tylenol, and has not received the compression stockings or rehabilitation program he needs. Furthermore, Mr. Roy was given doctor’s orders to follow-up with a cardiologist 4-6 weeks after his surgery to determine the efficacy of his operation and establish his prognosis. Despite the risks to his health, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pushing ahead with his deportation on September 30th before he can receive the follow up and care that he needs.
At every step of the process, the CBSA has demonstrated a complete disregard for Mr. Roy’s health and safety. Join us in opposing his deportation and to demand a full, inclusive regularization program for all non-status migrants!
Here are some ways to support:
1) Join us for an emergency rally at Immigration Minister Marc Miller’s office at 10:30am, located at 3175 Saint-Jacques (right in front of Metro Lionel Groulx).
2) Call and send e-mails to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Marc Miller and Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc:
* Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Phone : 613-995-6403 or 514-496-4885 Fax : 613-995-6404
* Dominic Leblanc, Minister of Public Safety
Phone : 613-992-1020 Fax : 613-992-3053
Here is a script you can use/adapt:
“ I am writing in support of Mr. Roy, who is scheduled to be deported to India on September 30, 2023. Mr. Roy’s Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) application was rejected after his lawyer abandoned his case, and I believe he deserves to be given the time to re-open his application and have his situation considered. In addition, Mr. Roy underwent quadruple coronary by-pass surgery on September 7th, and was released only five days later. To this day, his incision hasn’t fully healed, he is experiencing excruciating pain for which he is only receiving Tylenol, and has not been given the compression stockings or rehabilitation program he needs to recover. Furthermore, Mr. Roy was given a follow-up appointment with a cardiologist 4-6 weeks after his surgery to determine the efficacy of his operation and establish his prognosis. Despite the risks to his health, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is proceeding with his deportation before he can receive the follow up and care that he needs.
If Mr. Roy’s deportation proceeds, I believe that it will cause him irreparable harm. I hope that you will take action and intervene immediately to stop his deportation, and grant him a temporary resident permit so that he may reopen his PRRA application and submit a request for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. I also ask that you implement a full, inclusive regularization program, so that all non-status migrants can live in safety and dignity. “