To assist students in their research here at the University of Toronto, the Bora Laskin Law Library put together a research guide on Immigration Law. It lists and links to resources on refugee law, extradition, judicial review and US immigration law. The research guide will be updated as the issues develop in the U.S. and here in Canada.
The Library has also arranged for immediate access to the Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S. collection on HeinOnline. This collection features historical documents and legislation related to immigration in the United States, as well as current hearings, debates and recent developments in immigration law. This database also includes BIA Precedent Decisions, legislative histories, law and policy titles, extradition titles, scholarly articles, an extensive bibliography and other related works.
The country-wide event was a smashing success, with over 3,000 hours of research completed and $7,000 raised for the Canadian Council for Refugees. Here at U of T, Law Librarians were on hand to answer reference questions, and social media was abuzz with posts from students documenting the process using the #Research4Refugees hashtag.
Thank you card to the Bora Laskin Law Librarians from participating students after the event. Photo by LaskinLawLib
Response to US travel restrictions
I know you share my deep concern about the recent executive order by the US President to exclude from the United States travelers and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries. There is no justification possible for discrimination on the basis of religion and country of origin. Libraries and educational institutions are sustained by the free flow and expression of ideas and people. Excluding people because of their origin or religion strikes at the fabric of academic freedom, free thought, learning and research. An exclusion of this nature diminishes all of us.
University of Toronto departments and offices across the three campuses are speaking out against this ban and in support of our affected colleagues and students. In particular, I would like draw your attention to the statement issued by President Gertler: https://www.utoronto.ca/news/university-toronto-keeping-close-watch-impact-us-travel-restrictions, as well as the statement from Provost Regehr and Vice President Hannah-Moffat: http://memos.provost.utoronto.ca/us-travel-restrictions-pdadc-59/.
For any of our colleagues personally impacted by the travel ban, the library will do everything possible to help. I know I speak for all of us in saying that our thoughts are with our Muslim colleagues and friends who are such a vital and valued part of the library and university community.
Larry P. Alford
University of Toronto