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Please Sign the Petition to Finalize Permanent Residency for Jose!

on Fri, 04/15/2016 - 18:57

Please sign this petition:

Who will forget the joyous scenes at Christmastime of 2015 when - after more than two years in sanctuary at Walnut Grove Lutheran Church - Jose Figueroa was able to walk free and be reunited with his family? If you missed it - you can see it here:
[Video by dgSolidarity; Photo (left) by Dan Ferguson, Langley Times]

Despite this joyous occasion - the family's ordeal is far

The first three months of FREEDOM

on Tue, 03/08/2016 - 00:00

March 8, 2016 NEWSLETTER   .....   Volume II, #1.

I completely agree: this picture truly captured what FREEDOM meant to us!
Photo by Dan Ferguson from the Langley Times currently up for the 2016 Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards.

First 2016 Update!  
Process of Finalization of Landing:

It is nearly three months since our family tasted our newly gained freedom!!  We have been quite silent ever since.  However, that silence had an objective:  First, we needed to digest the unexpected news that finally after over two years we were going to be reunited as family again.

Jose Figueroa Leaving Church Sanctuary! Removal Order Cancelled!

on Tue, 12/22/2015 - 19:13


What: Press Conference by Jose Figueroa
When: Wednesday December 23 at 2:30 pm
Where: Walnut Grove Lutheran Church. 20530 88th Avenue, Langley, BC

On Monday December 21, Jose Figueroa received the good news that the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum has granted an exemption for Jose to remain in Canada. His permanent resident application on humanitarian and compassionate grounds has been approved in principle, and as a result the deportation order of May 5, 2010 and warrant against him are now cancelled.

Says Jose, “This decision

FINALLY! José will walk free tomorrow!

on Tue, 12/22/2015 - 19:09

We are José


December 21, 2015                                        #10

Thanks to God and the Community, the scars will start to heal!!

I have great news to share with the Community!

After over two years in sanctuary the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship,  has made a decision that will continue the processing of the humanitarian application that was approved in principle on July 12, 2004.  It was around 12:15 pm, on Monday, December 21, 2015, that I got a phone call from the CBSA, who communicated this news to me.

Newsletter #9: Dept. of Justice is asking Jose to pay $12,969.06!

on Sun, 12/20/2015 - 00:00

We are José


December 19, 2015                                        #9

The price for Justice has been set for $12,969.06 CAN, as per the DoJ!!


Now, justice has a price!

For the last few days - since Mr. Justice Brown and Mr. Justice Fothergill made their decisions in two of the proceedings that Jose has before the Federal Court, many things have developed.

Newsletter #8: Analysis of Fothergill's Decision; Call for Donations; + send José to law school!

on Thu, 12/17/2015 - 06:02

[In this issue: Bitter or Sweet? An analysis of Judge Fothergill's recent decision;
Call for solidarity donations: $ & office supplies;
+ send José to law school and PLEASE SEND LETTERS to the Ministers:
We want José HOME by Christmas!]

We are José


December 8, 2015                                        #8

Bitter-sweet News… sweet or bitter?
It’s hard to determine...

​An analysis of Justice Fothergill’s decision

Do you remember the jaw dropping situation that we shared with you in our last edition of the “We are José” Newsletter?

Newsletter #7: Federal Court Judge unexpectedly cancels Court Hearing! [Donations needed: $, paper & toner +more]

on Fri, 12/11/2015 - 01:27

We Are José


December 7, 2015                                        #7

A jaw-dropping situation!

We don’t know what will happen with you after we tell you what happened last week; but what I can assure you is that our jaws have not yet got back to its normal place!

Do you remember that just a couple of days ago Jose was so eagerly waiting for December 7, 2015, to arrive?

Newsletter #6: Judge dismisses Judicial Review; Legal fees mount: Request for solidarity donations & more letters to Ministers

on Fri, 12/04/2015 - 06:35

We are José


December 3, 2015                                        #6

A disappointing turn of events: the law is only applicable if it favors the Minister!

The law is like a snake, it only bites the barefooted!

Jose had been patiently waiting  - since last August -  for the day when the judge who was assigned to preside over the December 7th hearing to decide whether he (Jose) was going to be allowed attend the hearing via video or teleconference.

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