Haligonians are joining the growing movement in support of Lucy Francineth Granados, a Montreal-based community organizer who was arrested, detained and faces the threat of being deported on Tuesday, March 27th.
Granados is a non-status woman of Guatemalan origin who has called Montreal home for the past nine years. She is a community organizer with the Non-Status Women’s Collective and ATTAP (Temporary Workers Assocation), as well as a single mother of three. On Tuesday, March 20th at 6am, she was violently arrested in her home by agents of the Canada Border Services Agency and is currently being held in the Laval Detention Centre in Quebec.
Granados submitted an application for permanent residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds in September 2017, but she has yet to hear back. Last Friday, Granados filed an emergency application for a stay of deportation until her humanitarian application is determined.
Haligonians are joining a nationwide action calling on the Minister of Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to let Granados stay in Canada.
“Personally, I was appalled to hear about the violent way in which Lucy was arrested and about the unjust way that she is being treated by our government. The least I could do was call Minister Ahmed Hussen’s office to express my concerns and echo calls to let Lucy stay,” says Halifax resident Stacey Gomez.
She added: “We often hear about the violent and unjust immigrant policies in the US under Trump, though I think that many Canadians would be surprised to learn about what’s happening in their own country.”
Noe Arteaga, another Halifax resident and a friend of Granados, shares: “I first met Lucy in Montreal through her work as a community organizer. Lucy gave her time to help others who were in the same vulnerable situation as herself.”
As a migrant justice organizer and former temporary foreign worker, Arteaga is intimately familiar with Canada’s immigration system. He denounced Granados’ deportation and called for Canada to end all deportations. He asked, “Where is the humanitarianism that Canada purports?”
Another emblematic case is that of 23 year old young Abdoul Adbi, a former child refugee who grew up in Nova Scotia foster care, but could be deported to Somalia, a country he doesn’t know, because of Canada’s failure to apply for his citizenship at the time.
Cases such as that of Granados and Abdi have brought national attention on Canada’s poor treatment of immigrants and refugees in the country, and highlight the widespread appetite for change that exists.
More information on Granados’ case can be found here.