Behind Bars


Media coverage of immigration detention has increased significantly following the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez, a Mexican national who died in the custody of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) late last year. 42-year-old Vega was arrested in December 2013 for an unpaid bus ticket. She was then transferred to immigration authorities, and placed in a provincial prison pending deportation.

On Dec. 20 she hung herself in the bathroom of the Vancouver Airport detention center. But while Vega’s death is tragic and most likely the result of her detention and imminent deportation, she is just one of 80,000 migrants that have been detained during Stephen Harper’s administration—some of which have been in custody for 10 years.

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