On Sunday afternoon, two members of Parliament -- Olivia Chow (Trinity–Spadina) and Borys Wrzesnewsky (Etobicoke Centre) -- will visit US war resister Robin Long, who is imprisoned at the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in San Diego, California.
The Canadian government deported Robin from British Columbia in July 2008 -- only six weeks after Parliament passed a resolution calling on the government to cease deportation proceedings against all Iraq war resisters. Long is now serving a 15-month prison sentence.
The War Resisters Support Campaign notes that this fact-finding trip will take place
four days before the sixth anniversary of the most recent U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
Three other Iraq War resisters and their families face imminent threat of deportation. Kimberly Rivera has been ordered to leave Canada (with her husband and three children) by Thursday, March 26. Jeremy Hinzman and his family are awaiting a decision in his appeal to the Federal Court and former Army Sergeant Patrick Hart, along with his wife and son, is expecting a removal date in the coming weeks.
"Let Them Stay Week 2" begins on Monday. Check back for information on various events and what you can do.