After yesterday's court decision, war resister Kimberly Rivera, and her husband Mario and three children, are expecting to receive a new deportation date within days. The Riveras requested that their deportation date be postponed until June so their children could finish the school year, but the Ministry of Immigration has continued to press to have them deported as quickly as possible.
This is outrageous.
Kim was the first female US soldier to seek refuge in Canada. She was deployed to Iraq and, while home on a leave, decided she could no longer participate in the war. She came to Canada with her husband and two young children in January 2007. In November 2008, they had a new daughter, Canadian-born Katie Marie.
In June 2008, the Parliament of Canada 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 12th of this year, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration reaffirmed this motion.
This motion is supported by a majority of Canadians, yet Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney have refused to implement it. It is urgent that they hear from people.
Call or email Mr. Kenney and Mr. Harper today. Ask them to intervene immediately to stop the deportation of the Rivera family, and to respect the democratic will of Canadians and our Parliament by implementing the motion.
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney
613.954.1064 (Ministry office)
613.992.2235 (Parliamentary Office)
If you email, please copy the opposition party critics:
Liberal party immigration critic Maurizio Bevilacqua: BevilM@parl.gc.ca
NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bloc Québécois immigration critic Thierry St-Cyr: StCyrT@parl.gc.ca
The Right Hon. Stephen Harper
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