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Status: Inside Vancouver's Sanctuary Movement

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The daughter of a Vancouver construction worker deported to Honduras in March 2013 attends a protest against the reality TV show that filmed his workplace arrest. Photo by David P. Ball.

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


Sanctuary City

Inside Vancouver's Sanctuary City Movement

For the city's undocumented immigrants, fear of discovery lurks in emergency rooms, schools, the local bus. With video report, first in a series.

By David P. Ball, 8 Jul 2014


SkyTrain platform

Transit Police Report Riders to Immigration Nearly Every Day

Many deportations start with checks of SkyTrain riders. Second in a series.

By David P. Ball, 10 Jul 2014


Sanctuary City

VIDEO: Inside Vancouver's Sanctuary City Movement

This short video is part of a Tyee series on the city's support for undocumented migrants.

By David P. Ball, 10 Jul 2014


LAPD Chief Gates

TIMELINE: Policing Sanctuary City

How the "don't ask, don't tell" approach to non-status immigrants evolved amongst police forces in North America. Part of a series.

By David P. Ball, 14 Jul 2014



Vancouver Police Look to Los Angeles, Toronto for Migrant Guidelines

VPD hopes policy will reassure undocumented migrants. Latest in the Sanctuary City series.

By David P. Ball, 14 Jul 2014


Derek Corrigan

Burnaby Mayor, NPA Question Sanctuary Cities Push

Issues beyond local jurisdiction, warns Corrigan. Latest in a series.

By David P. Ball, 16 Jul 2014


Nassim Elbardouh, a teacher at Britannia Secondary School

Vancouver's Hidden Children

Many undocumented families, fearing deportation, don't enrol kids in school. Last in a series.

By David P. Ball, 18 Jul 2014

Real Cities Give Their People Places to Pee

Public washrooms should be plentiful and accessible, says one scholar. And cities that do flush, flourish.

By Christopher Cheung