Friday, May 29, 2009

Nine women migrant workers arrested in Leamington, Ontario

Justice for Migrant Workers reports that nine women migrant workers have been arrested in a workplace raid in Leamington, Ontario.

In the early morning of Wednesday, May 27, 2009, Immigration Enforcement swarmed Lakeside Produce arresting nine women, one of whom is pregnant. They were all being detained in the Windsor County Jail.

“We are outraged by these arrests,” says Chris Ramsroop of Justica for Migrant Workers. “These attacks destroy our communities. Instead of attacking the immigration system, we are attacking workers who put food on our table.”

These latest arrests mark an alarming trend of workplace raids by the Canada Border Service Agency. In April, CBSA conducted large scale raids throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Southwestern Ontario, where over 80 migrants were arrested and deported.