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Join us during Off the Hour on Tuesday, January 21st from 5-6pm for a special live round-table discussion on the issue of double punishment and the racial profiling of migrants. “Double punishment” is the term used to describe the unjust policy used against non-citizens who face deportation after being punished for a criminal conviction. In other words, non-citizens who commit criminal offenses are punished twice: once when they’re sentenced for their crime, and then again by being permanently removed from Canada, often after living here since childhood.
Featured guests on the panel:
–Deepan Budlakoti – Deepan Budlakoti is an Ottawa-born man who the Canadian government is trying to deport to India, a country where he has no family, has never lived and is not a citizen.
–Alexandre Popovic – Alexandre is a community organizer with la Coalition contre la Répression et les Abus Policiers in Montreal, and has worked to support the case of Danny Villanueva, the brother of Fredy Villanueva, against double punishment and deportation.
–Jaggi Singh of No One Is Illegal Montreal – The No One Is Illegal campaign of Montreal is part of a worldwide movement of resistance, struggling collectively for the self-determination of migrants and indigenous peoples. They are active in supporting migrants facing deportation as a result of double punishment, and actively campaign against double punishment.
–Angela Chan of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Founded in 1972, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is the nation’s first legal and civil rights organization serving the low-income Asian Pacific American communities. Advancing Justice – ALC focuses on housing rights, immigration and immigrants’ rights, labor and employment issues, student advocacy (ASPIRE), civil rights and hate violence, national security, and criminal justice reform.