Court Support for Jose Figueroa

Posted by admin on Apr 24th, 2014

Please RSVP:

Monday, May 26
at 11:00am
701 West Georgia (corner Granville)

Come show your support for Jose Figueroa and stand with his family as the federal court reviews the decision to deport Jose.

The judicial review is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., but we will gather outside the building (at 701 W Georgia St in Vancouver) at 11 a.m. in a
demonstration of solidarity.

Join us for a couple of hours, or stop by on your lunch break — we demand justice for Jose, and hope to see him back with his family this summer!

After a four month delay caused by a “clerical mistake” on the part of Immigration Canada, the Federal Court of Canada has rescheduled the judicial review of the case of Jose Figueroa vs. the Minister of Immigration and Citizenship that originally was to take place on January 15, 2014.

The Federal Court has determined that the hearing will take place at the Vancouver Court Building (701 West Georgia) on May 26, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.

In her decision of March 27th, 2013, which declared Jose Figueroa inadmissable to Canada (after living here for almost 17 years), MD Karine Roy­-Tremblay stated: “…in this case the family separation will be directly linked to the personal choices that were made by Mr. Figueroa in his past.”

Jose Figueroa was member of a university student union that supported the opposition Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN)—the current elected government of El Salvador. The FMLN opposed a murderous 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 decision to deport Jose has been widely criticized, and despite strong community support, he was forced to claim sanctuary at Walnut Grove Lutheran Church in October 2013, where he has remained for more than six months now.

The long struggle to overturn this unjust deportation order has caused incredible emotional and financial stress on the Figueroa family, who were described by the Langley Times community newspaper as a “model immigrant family”. Not only are the legal costs growing while Jose is unable to work due to his forced exile, but he and his family are also living with the daily fear of permanent separation. Please share and contribute to the online fundraising campaign:


You can also follow the campaign on Twitter: @wearejose — use the hashtag #WeAreJose


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