- This event has passed.
Court Support for Jose Figueroa
November 30, 2016- 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
COURT SUPPORT FOR JOSE FIGUEROA
DATE: Wednesday November 30th
TIME: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
ADDRESS: 701 West Georgia (corner Granville), 3rd floor. Ask for which room in matter of Figueroa v. The Minister of Public Safety and others
Come show your support for Jose Figueroa at Federal Court yet again!
Jose’s struggle is not over. In Jose’s words, “now that I am free to move around anywhere in Canada, I am still imprisoned with all the legal processes that were started precisely to obtain freedom!”
On November 30th, the Federal Court of Canada will hear the judicial review of the CBSA’s 2009 decision to write a report alleging that Jose was inadmissible due to his past membership with the FMLN. The Federal Court has found that it is unreasonable to refer to the FMLN as a terrorist organization and the Minister of Immigration has made a decision on humanitarian grounds, but the CBSA is still defending this report.
If you can attend, please confirm to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com and more details will be provided. Support Jose in his latest and hopefully last court case as he asserts his rights and dignity.
Jose Figueroa came to Canada in 1997 and claimed refugee status. After living in Langley for thirteen years and having three Canadian-born children, Canada moved to deport him.
In 2010, Figueroa was deemed inadmissible due to his affiliation with the FMLN. In El Salvador, Jose was member of a university student union that supported the opposition Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN). The FMLN opposed a murderous US-backed right-wing dictatorship which was notorious for the use of death squads and torture to silence any opposition, leading to almost 80,000 deaths. The FMLN is the current democratically elected government of El Salvador.
The decision to deport Jose from Canada was widely criticized. Jose was forced to separate from his family and claim sanctuary at Walnut Grove Lutheran Church in October 2013, where he remained for two years.
Finally, in December 2015, after years of relentless and inspiring public campaigning, political pressure and legal advocacy, Jose was allowed to permanently remain in Canada and finally be reunited with his family.