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Jose Figueroa is a Salvadoran-Canadian living in Langley, B.C. He’s married, a loving father of three and a productive member of the community. He has lived in Canada for over 16 years.
He applied to Canada because he faced danger, having spoken out against a
repressive military dictatorship during a violent civil war in El Salvador. Canada accepted him on these grounds, but 13 years later, in May 210, the government decided to deport him for the same reason he was originally permitted into Canada. And this simply does not make any sense.
Twenty years ago, Jose was a student organizer for the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN)—an organization that opposed the military dictatorship. After the civil war ended in 1992, the FMLN became a political party and is the current government of El Salvador.
Due to some overly broad legislation, Canada has mistakenly labeled the FMLN as a terrorist organization, and Jose by extension as a terrorist—when he stood up for human rights against a military dictatorship that used death squads against any opposition.
Jose and his wife have settled down in during the past 16 years, and have three Canadian born children, including an autistic son. His children have lived in Canada all their lives, and it would be a tragedy to uproot him and his family just because the government doesn’t understand his story.
We are asking all Canadians to help us reverse the deportation order. Help us get a response from the Canadian government. [See below for more info, ways to help, and news links about the case including a short documentary].
To learn more about Jose's case see the following links and websites:
See Jose's powerful talk at TED X Vancouver http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i84jJ4dQk-E
TED X Vancouver, con subtítulos en español/ with Spanish subtitles:l http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGVxu2wkoTY
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