B.C. prisons prepare for arrival of Tamil migrants

As many as 200 Tamils believed to be headed for Canada aboard the MV Sun Sea

The wardens at Fraser Regional Corrections Centre and Alouette Correctional Centre for Women are reportedly preparing for the arrival of an estimated 200 Tamil migrants travelling on board the MV Sun Sea. The prisons are the same ones that were used to house 76 Tamil migrants who arrived aboard the MV Ocean Lady in 2009. The Canadian Tamil Congress claims the migrants are refugees and not threats to national security. “We understand that Canadian security is paramount to everything, including Tamil Canadians,” says David Poopalapillai of the Canadian Tamil Congress. “At the same time, we are cautioning our government and our fellow Canadians to please reserve judgment until we hear from the people on-board.” The Foreign Affairs Department, the CBSA, the RCMP and Canadian Coast guard have not yet confirmed where the ship is.

Vancouver Sun

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