Unpaid transit fares should not spark call to CBSA, say migrant advocates

Transportation Not Deportation

By Joanne Lee-Young, Vancouver Sun December 14, 2014

Unpaid transit fares should not spark call to CBSA, say migrant advocates

METRO VANCOUVER — Community groups gathered at the Main Street SkyTrain station Sunday afternoon to mark the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez a year ago and to call for changes to the way Transit police interact with the Canada Border Services Agency. A meeting was held last Thursday with Transit police, said Harsha Walia of the group No One Is Illegal, which operates a phone line for people in immigration detention.

On December 1, 2013, Jimenez, a Mexican woman who was in Canada illegally, was at the Main Street SkyTrain station when she failed to produce proof that she had paid her transit fare. She was apprehended first by Transit police who referred her case to CBSA. She later killed herself at an airport holding cell while awaiting deportation.

At an inquest into her death, the Transit police officer who questioned her…

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