Keying off the May 29 story broken by The Tyee that Vancouver's Vision-dominated city council is considering declaring Vancouver a "sanctuary city," this in-depth series examines the roots and the implications of this potential policy shift. Text and video by Tyee reporter David P. Ball examine tensions between municipal law enforcement and federal immigration rules; how the transit system and policing have become a major route to detention and deportation for non-status immigrants; how the Vancouver police department is learning from law enforcement in Los Angeles, a sanctuary city, and potential approaches to lessening the risk and harm posed to non-status immigrants.
In This Series
For the city's undocumented immigrants, fear of discovery lurks in emergency rooms, schools, the local bus. With video report, first in a series.
Many deportations start with checks of SkyTrain riders. Second in a series.
This short video is part of a Tyee series on the city's support for undocumented migrants.
How the "don't ask, don't tell" approach to non-status immigrants evolved amongst police forces in North America. Part of a series.
VPD hopes policy will reassure undocumented migrants. Latest in the Sanctuary City series.
Issues beyond local jurisdiction, warns Corrigan. Latest in a series.
Many undocumented families, fearing deportation, don't enrol kids in school. Last in a series.