June 18, 2017 6:12 pm
Updated: June 18, 2017 7:36 pm

Migrants and refugees gather in hopes of change to immigration laws

WATCH ABOVE: Migrants, refugees and those supporting gathered at Nelson Mandela park in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce to call for open borders and for the city of Montreal to act now that its been declared a sanctuary city. Global's Matt Grillo reports.

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On Sunday, a demonstration was organized at Nelson Mandela park and Solidarity Across Borders was there to support those who are undocumented.

The group is pushing for greater access to healthcare and secure jobs.

After having worked and lived in Montreal for over 30 years, Marcia, still has no medicare.

She wears a mask so as not to be identified and is considered an undocumented person.

Her lack of benefits made it difficult to seek medical help and she eventually became blind because of diabetes.

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“‘I did feel embarrassed,” Marcia said. “It was very shameful.”

Marcia would like to have more help from the city.

READ MORE: Undocumented blind woman claims to be denied services in Montreal, newly-named sanctuary city

Montreal was declared a sanctuary city earlier in the year, making it one of only a few in Canada.

“Sanctuary city is a great tradition and so it’s very encouraging that Montreal is wanting to at least symbolically mention it and go in that direction,” Rosalind Wong, Solidarity Across Borders spokesperson, said.

READ MORE: Montreal declared a ‘sanctuary city:’ What does that mean?

However, many present on Sunday would like the city to be more proactive.

“These sanctuary cities have existed since the seventies. We’re way behind actually,” Wong said.

“Right now all we’ve heard is really a lot of promises, vague promises and we’re waiting to see some action.”

Global News reached out to the city of Montreal for comment, but they didn’t provide one.

 

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