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UPDATE: Council among 70 groups calling for ‘Border Security’ to be cancelled

Numerous groups have written Public Safety minister Vic Toews, the president of the Canadian Border Services Agency, and executives from Force Four Entertainment and Shaw Media, to express “collective concern about Border Security: Canada’s Front Line”.

The letter states, “We are deeply concerned about the traumatic and potentially dangerous consequences upon all those who find themselves being filmed for Border Security. In Border Security a highly one-sided narrative is told about those crossing the border under varying circumstances or those people in the process of migration, which has the particular long-term impact of spreading fear about and among immigrant and migrant communities. …Deportation is not entertainment. We urge you to cancel, stop participating in, and end the broadcast of Border Security.”

Groups who signed the letter include the Council of Canadians, Amnesty International, BC Civil Liberties Association, Canadian Council for Refugees, Canadian Labour Congress, Idle No More, Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign, Law Union of Ontario, No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories, and numerous others.

To read the full letter and see the complete list of signatories, please go to here. To Like and Share the Facebook posting for this, please go here.

Vancouver-based Council of Canadians organizer Harjap Grewal has stated, “The CBSA and the government should be held accountable for their participation in this disgusting reality TV show, which is profiting from the violation of privacy of migrant workers and the suffering of families. The last few years have seen the demonization of various groups – environmentalists, activists and Indigenous communities, by the federal government. Now this TV show is singling out refugees and migrants for public amusement – it’s wrong.”

For more, please read:
Border agency broke law with reality TV self-promotion, says BCCLA