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Calling all Supporters: Vigil @ Sanctuary to Mark Campaign's 4th YEAR: 6:30pm FRIDAY, Jan. 16

on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 00:28
Here (below the spanish) is a press release from the WE ARE JOSE Campaign.  We are all calling all supporters to please join us on Friday at 6:30pm for a vigil at the Walnut Grove Church where José Figueroa is in sanctuary. On Friday, the campaign marks it's fourth anniversary, and *still* the government has not dropped José's deportation order!

We need to put our heads together for some serious planning of the next steps for the campaign, and renew our efforts to raise funds for the family's hefty legal defense needs (and their ongoing care, as this burden of struggle has been a costly and

Public Safety Minister Blaney: Issue the certificate now! José Figueroa is not a terrorist.

on Wed, 08/13/2014 - 22:52

****** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   ********

Salvadoran Immigrant José Figueroa Challenges Public Safety Minister in Federal Court

WHEN: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 9:00 am

WHERE: Federal Court, 701 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

WHAT: A judicial review of the refusal of the Public Safety Minister to issue a certificate stating that Salvadoran immigrant José Figueroa is not listed as a terrorist entity

WHO: José Figueroa, currently in church sanctuary, seeks the right to join his Canadian wife and children in the community and to overturn the Canadian government’s false characterization of him

Federal Court Reserves Judgment on Unjust Deportation Order

on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 22:58

On May 26, the Federal Court of Canada heard Jose Figueroa's case as supporters rallied in the court room and on the streets in Vancouver -- we hope to have the judge's decision within the next week or so. Regardless of the outcome, Jose will have to remain in sanctuary until the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) agrees to drop their warrant to detain him. Here are some news stories about the rally & judicial review (followed by some details about how you can help):



Petition to Allow Jose to Participate in the Court Hearing by Video

on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 07:34

[PLEASE NOTE: This campaign was effective and Jose was allowed to hear the proceedings via telephone link.  Thanks for your support with this!]

This court hearing is coming up quickly on May 26th... Please click here to sign this today and share via your social media!



New Indiegogo campaign launches! Your donation is URGENTLY needed.

on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:54

Can you help us keep this family together? Please take a moment to VISIT THIS INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN and MAKE A DONATION TODAY.

Jose and Ivania Figueroa came to Canada as refugees from El Salvador in 1997, and have since raised a family here.

However, Jose has had to fight an unjust deportation order for the past four years, and was forced to seek sanctuary in a local church so as not to be separated from his family.

Does Ottawa believe the Salvadoran government is terrorist?

on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 06:31

Excerpt from a great article by Matthew Behrens... Read the whole story on here.

While an immigration bureaucrat insists on labelling the FMLN a terrorist entity, Canada's Public Safety Ministry confirmed in an interview with the CBC (at 7:52 of broadcast) that the FMLN is not on Canada's list of terrorist entities (nor it is listed thusly anywhere on the planet), nor is Figueroa listed as a restricted individual (indeed, former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Peter Kent has even written a letter of support for Figueroa).

Among Figueroa's numerous upcoming legal actions is a

Court Date Delay; Vigils called for January 16 in Vancouver, Langley & Toronto

on Sun, 01/12/2014 - 06:04

Jose Figueroa Case Update: Judicial Review in Federal Court Delayed

Vigils to be held in Vancouver, Langley, and Toronto

 A Judicial Review of the 2013 decision to deny Jose Figueroa’s application for an exemption on humanitarian and compassionate grounds was scheduled to be heard in Federal Court on January 15, 2014; however, the hearing had to be postponed due to bureaucratic delays on the part of the government in the preparation of the necessary records.

The deportation order will not be executed until the Judicial Review has taken place, but since the Canadian Border Services Agency

VMC News: Jose Figueroa deportation stayed

on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 02:09

Story by murray bush - flux photo   -- VANCOUVER MEDIA CO-OP -- For pictures & story click here

VANCOUVER/COAST SALISH TERRITORIES - A  federal court judge has granted Salvadoran refugee Jose Figueroa a stay on his deportation order for three months.  The father of three has been in sanctuary in a Langley church. His deportation was to take place on Thursday.

Figueroa`s lawyer said the temporary stay is to give the family time to contest the deportation on compassionate grounds.

Figueroa's wife and three children were on hand at the court hearing today as a support rally was held outside.


Motion for a "stay" of deportation in Federal Court TUESDAY OCTOBER 29th; Support Rallies to be held in Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax, El Salvador and Toronto

on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 00:00

Jose Figueroa Case Update:

Motion for a "stay" of deportation for in Federal Court tomorrow;

Support Rallies to be held in Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax, El Salvador and Toronto


Vancouver, BC—Tomorrow morning, Tuesday, October 29th, a lawyer for Jose Figueroa, Peter Edelmann, is scheduled to put forward a motion for a stay of the deportation order to the Federal Court. (701 West Georgia Street) There will be a press conference and rally to support the family at noon tomorrow outside the courthouse.