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Is a Minister’s Mandate needed? We trust the new Ministers will do their job...

on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 17:49

There is no excuse to prolong the hardship imposed on the Figueroas!

The newly appointed Minister of Public Safety, Ralph Goodale; and the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum, are now behind the desks where the reports on Jose Figueroa -  written by a CIC officer in 2011 - were placed. Either of the Ministers have the authority to end the hardship that has been imposed on the Figueroa family.

The Minister of Public Safety has an application for exemption under former Section 34(2) of the IRPA.

José is preparing to self-represent before the Federal Court on December 7, 2015

on Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:37

Keep an eye on upcoming events!


The Chief Justice of the Federal Court has ordered that a motion (filed by the Respondent Minister of Foreign Affairs) to strike a Judicial Review filed by Jose on February 2, 2015, will be heard at a hearing on December 7, 2015. This motion filed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs is just one of many motions filed by the parties in various different judicial review proceedings that Jose - being a self-represented litigant - has submitted with the Federal Court.

On July 17, 2014, the Minister of Foreign Affairs received a request from José for a

#Justice4Jose Solidarity Potluck: August 20

on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 00:11

Come gather with Jose Figueroa and his family and supporters! This is a great opportunity to connect with the #WeAreJose campaign and help Jose in his fight for justice as the federal election gets going.

You will also get to hear Robert Graham, a Toronto-based singer/songwriter, perform -- he's been an active supporter of the #WeAreJose campaign for several years now.

Bring some food to share, and spend some time with the innocent man who has had to spend almost two years in sanctuary because our current government refuses to deal with his case. Then help us work for change!  {Please invite

Your Help is Needed for the Next Step in the Legal Proceedings

on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:26

After a Case Management Conference, held on April 27, 2015. Jose was given a time limit to file a couple of motions to the Federal Court: One seeking an order from the Court to comply the Minister of Foreign Affairs to produce Certified Tribunal Records that were requested and another motion seeking leave from the Court to be able to serve written examinations for discovery to officers from the Department of Foreign Affairs... The time limit for these two motions was for May 7, 2015!!

Jose and his family would like to thank all people who contributed for the drafting of this motion, to those

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