Asylum seekers are risking their lives to help Canada fight the coronavirus. The government is considering upgrading their status.
“I thought, ‘You have to give your best and make people’s lives better,’ ” Ledan said. “I was there for better or for worse.”
Ledan is one of at least several hundred asylum seekers risking their lives, and in some cases dying, for as little as $10 an hour in the trenches of Canada’s coronavirus fight, working the “essential” jobs few Canadians want, even as their own futures in the country remain uncertain.
Now, under pressure from advocacy groups and some lawmakers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is considering ways to recognize their contributions, including regularizing their legal status.
“Our immigration system is anchored in respect for processes and fairness and equality for everyone,” Trudeau said last month. “It’s important to follow these processes, but in an exceptional situation one can evidently consider some exceptions.”
Advocacy groups have held demonstrations outside Trudeau’s constituency office in Montreal.
“In an extraordinary context, we can have extraordinary measures,” said Wilner Cayo, president of the nonprofit organization Debout pour …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]