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Langley BC, married father of three ordered deported,after calling Canada home for 13 years,
José Figueroa is a Salvadorean married father of three Canadian born children who has lived in Langley, BC for over 13 years but who is now facing a deportation order due to his affiliation 20 years ago with the Farabundo Martí Front for National Liberation (FMLN) in El Salvador.
At that time, while a university student, José was working with his student union to speak out against the human rights abuses of a violent repressive government that was using death squads to kill any opposition. When José came to Canada, he told Canadian authorities about his association with the FMLN, a coalition of opposition forces fighting against the murderous Salvadorean military government. The Canadian government knew for 13 years that José had been associated with the FMLN, and it never expressed any concerns - until now. So many years later, Canadian authorities are claiming that the FMLN is a terrorist organization and that José must leave because his association with the organization 20 years ago makes him a security threat.
The FMLN, currently the governing political party in El Salvador, is not a terrorist organization and never has been. It is wrong for the Canadian government to deport José for speaking out for democracy and human rights in El Salvador. José is not a security threat. On the contrary, he is a model citizen who has been a member of the Langley Lutheran church for 13 years. If he is deported this will be devastating for him and his family. What's more, his son has autism and if he is uprooted to El Salvador will not have any of the vital special needs supports available to him now.
The Canadian government's decision to deport José has serious implications not only for José and his family but for all current and former refugee in Canada who were ever involved in movements in their home countries to speak out for democracy and against oppressive and violent regimes.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT THE FIGUEROA FAMILY:
1) Send an email or letter to the Ministers of Public Safety and Immigration[click here for sample letter]: Voice your concern and request this mistake be fixed quickly, to the two key Cabinet Ministers who can intervene in José's case. See email addresses provided below.
4) Request a copy of the petition [click here to email a request for the petition]: This petition is being presented before Parliament. Please sign the petition and/or help gather signatures for it.
5) Donate: The legal costs for challenging the deportation are high.
Cheques payable to:
c/o Walnut Grove Lutheran Church,
20530 88 Avenue,
Email addresses: Send letters to the Minister of Public Safety, Minister Toews, Copies (Cc) to email addresses below [so that he can't say he didn't receive them.]
Ministers: Toews.V@parl.gc.ca ; Kenney.J@parl.gc.ca
Copies (Cc) to: Harper.S@parl.gc.ca ; Kent.P@parl.gc.ca ; Holland.M@parl.gc.ca ; Bevilacqua.M@parl.gc.ca ; Rae.B@parl.gc.ca ; Davies.D@parl.gc.ca ; Chow.O@parl.gc.ca ; Dewar.P@parl.gc.ca ; firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com ; Deschamps.J@parl.gc.ca
Please also include your own MP, whose contact information you can find here.
Please also send a copy of your letter to Mr. Figueroa’s church who is supporting his legal campaign ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and to a volunteer member of a group helping to stop Jose's deportation, email@example.com
_______________For more information about Jose's case click on links below:
CTV -Oct 12 Community rallies in support for Jose Figueroa
Jose and his family in last fight to stay in Canada (click here to read Langley time story)
Langley Times story (September 28th)
CBC The National-Jose Figueroa in final fight to stay in Canada
CTV News Story
Click here to access more information about Jose's immigration case