Published on November 15, 2017
Josarie Danieles has been separated from her daughter Precious Ann for seven years. Seven painful years of missed birthdays, family holidays, and touching screens rather than hugging her child.
Josarie came to Canada and worked as a Caregiver. She has fulfilled all the requirements in the Live-In Caregiver Program, and should have been granted permanent residency. But she is being denied because Immigration Canada believes her daughter would cause an ‘excessive demand’ on the health care system.
Right now, a Federal Parliamentary Committee is looking into this issue.
The discriminatory sections of the Immigration Act, Section 38(1)(a) and 38(1)(c) need to be overturned immediately. This is a first step. Disability is just one of the grounds under which hundreds of thousand of people are either forced to work, study or live in Canada temporarily or are denied permanent residency. We need fundamental immigration overhaul and that means full permanent residency status for all migrants now, and on arrival for those coming in the future.
The clock is ticking. Let’s make sure Josarie celebrates Precious’s next birthday with her, sign your name: http://migrantrights.ca/en/nodiscrimination/