Mitchell Van Ineveld helps Hazim Ismail to fight indefinite immigrant detention in Canada
The gathering was held to remember some 50 immigrant detainees on hunger strikes in 2 Ontario prisons
By Kristy Hoffman, CBC News Posted: Jul 28, 2016 8:31 PM CT Last Updated: Jul 28, 2016 8:31 PM CT
Specifically, they say they were standing in solidarity with 50 immigration detainees at two Ontario prisons, who went on a hunger strike more than two weeks ago to protest Canada’s policy.
“I’m a refugee myself so this hits close to home,” said Hazim Ismail, who was born in Malaysia and originally arrived in Winnipeg as an international student.
‘The darker side of Canada’s immigration system’
Mitchell Van Ineveld helped Ismail organize the rally. He said his participation reflects his feelings toward what he describes as a dark, unreported side of Canada’s immigration system.
“We see a lot of successes of our immigration system … The resettlement of Syrian refugees gets a lot of publicity,” he said.
“We also need to see the failures … That looks like people locked up in maximum security prisons, held alongside convicted criminals with no charge and no guarantee they will be released in a timely manner.”