3.11.2009

riveras' new deportation date: march 26

[Allan guest post]

Laura posted some fantastic news about the Fundable Campaign, but there is also some bad news:

Kimberly Rivera and her family have been given a new deportation date of March 26.

The Riveras had requested that their deportation date be postponed until June so their two young children could finish the school year, but the Immigration Department wants them deported as quickly as possible.

As you know, in June 2008, Parliament passed a motion calling on the government to stop all removal proceedings against US war resisters, and to implement a program to allow them to apply for permanent residence status. On February 12, 2009, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration reaffirmed this motion. This motion is also supported by a clear majority of Canadians.

However, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney have refused to implement the motion.

Please call or email Mr. Kenney and Mr. Harper today. Mr. Kinney claims to support democracy. If he is a man of his word, he will respect the democratic will of the Canadian people (and Parliament's clear decision) by implementing the motion and stopping the deportation of the Rivera family.

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney
613.954.1064 (Ministry office)
613.992.2235 (Parliamentary Office)
minister@cic.gc.ca
Kennej@parl.gc.ca

If you email, please copy the opposition party critics:
Liberal party immigration critic Maurizio Bevilacqua: BevilM@parl.gc.ca
NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow: chowo@parl.gc.ca
Bloc Québécois immigration critic Thierry St-Cyr: StCyrT@parl.gc.ca

The Right Hon. Stephen Harper
613.992.4211
pm@pm.gc.ca

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Also, next week is Let Them Stay Week II; click here for more information.

2 comments:

L-girl said...

Thanks for posting this, Allan. Everyone, please do what you can.

Cornelia said...

Today, I received this email from Ms. Jean Crowder:

Thanks to all of you for writing Jason Kenney, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and for sending me a courtesy copy of your e-mails asking for help to prevent the deportation of Cliff Cornell to the US. I apologize for the delay in my response.

As you are probably aware, my NDP colleagues and I oppose the deportation of war objectors. I worked to support of Cliff's right to stay in Canada. I am disappointed that he was compelled to return to the United States in order to avoid being forcibly removed from Canada. It is a sad comment on Canada's approach to allowing war resisters to stay on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Please see the attached article for ways that you can continue to support Cliff Cornell.

Again, thank you for taking the time to make your views known and to help a member of the Gabriola community.

With best wishes,

Jean Crowder,



MP Nanaimo-Cowichan