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Refugee Jose Figueroa has chances to remain in Canada

Increasingly, people are replacing coffee, cotton, and sugar as El Salvador’s most important export. Remittances are now a critical source of national income, making up over half of all export earnings and more than 17 percent of GDP.


A senior immigration officer’s decision to deny permanent residency to a failed asylum seeker because of his links to a resistance movement in El Salvador did not take into account “exceptionally strong” humanitarian and compassionate reasons to let him stay, a federal judge has ruled in a case that activists say highlights how Canada’s laws can too easily peg someone as a security threat

Jose Figueroa, who came to Canada as a refugee in 1997, was once a member of Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FMLN) that opposed El Salvador’s former military regime. He helped recruit for the FMLN and organized meetings but was not involved in the armed struggle.

In a decision last year, Karine Roy-Tremblay, director of case determination for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, rejected Figueroa’s application to be allowed to stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds after he had been deemed inadmissible to the country on security grounds.

While acknowledging that he had not taken part in any violent campaigns with the FMLN, Roy-Tremblay said Figueroa was “not just a sympathizer to the causes.” She deemed him to have been a member of an organization that engaged in terrorism, and, therefore, a security risk.

But in a ruling posted online Monday, Richard Mosley, a federal judge, said the immigration officer’s decision was unreasonable “as it failed to take into account the nature of the conflict and Mr. Figueroa’s personal role as a non-combatant political advocate” and ordered that a different immigration officer review the application. Continue reading

Kemptville: The Maharaj family deported to Trinidad


Trinidad is an industrial island with a diversified economy, based to a large extent on oil and natural gas, industry and agriculture. It is one of the leading gas-based export centres in the world, being the leading exporter of ammonia and methanol and among the top five exporters of liquefied natural gas. This has allowed Trinidad to capitalise on the biggest mineral reserves within its territories. It is an oil-rich country and stable economically.

Kemptville family deported
Posted Jul 5, 2012 By Joseph Morin

Joseph Morin, Kemptville EMC
The Maharaj family was deported from Canada last week despite national media coverage. In this photo Motilal and Vashti are interviewed. Motilal is holding Messiah while Navin stands beside his grandmother Vashti.
EMC News – On the eve of Canada Day, the Maharaj family members, who had been living in Kemptville for the past four years, were told by the government that they are not welcome here.

On Friday, June 29 the family was escorted to the Ottawa Airport where they waited for their flight to Trinidad. Mrs. Maharaj was allowed to stay for a few days until her passport arrived and her son Ricky and his son, two year old-Navin stayed behind. Continue reading

Crooked Chileans selling bogus Canadians visas to Cubans


Crooked Chilean officials selling travel documents, Refugee Board says

By Tom Godfrey ,Toronto Sun

TORONTO - A Cuban refugee claimant who arrived in Canada with travel documents purchased from Chilean diplomats involved in a visa-selling ring in Havana has had claim tossed out.

The man, who lives in Toronto, has not been identified by an Immigration and

Refugee Board because he claims to be fleeing persecution.

“Corrupt officers in the Chilean embassy in Cuba were selling visas” to people wishing to leave Cuba for Chile, a member of the Refugee Protection Division said in a decision last month.

“The (Chilean) authorities started searching for Cuban citizens who got into (Chile) using illegal visas.”

A number of Cubans who travelled to Chile with the bogus documents were caught. As a result, they were barred from obtaining jobs, official identification and medical assistance.

“The claimant was afraid this would happen to him so he applied for a

Canadian visitor’s visa,” the board member said.

When he arrived at Pearson, the man filed a claim for refugee status and became eligible for welfare, some medical and other benefits.

The board member did not disclose how much the man paid for the document, how many were sold to Cubans to travel abroad or if any Chilean diplomats were arrested due to the scandal.

The man can still appeal the board’s decision to deny his refugee claim.

Cuban woman with Spanish citizenship fighting deportation order

CBC News

A Cuban woman who has lived in Ottawa for the last two years and started a family is fighting to stay in Canada after her refugee claim was rejected last month.

Maria Matos Ruiz is from Cuba but has Spanish citizenship because her former husband was from Spain. She said it was an abusive relationship, prompting her to flee Spain for Canada.

But Canadian immigration officials denied her refugee claim, and said since Spain was a democratic country she was in no danger and should live there. The Cuban government has also said it won’t allow Matos Ruiz to return to live in the country she left behind.

“I’m very depressed, I don’t know what to do, I don’t know where to go,” said Matos Ruiz.

Since moving to Ottawa, she has had a child with her common-law husband, Ismael Perez, who supports his family as an OC Transpo bus driver. They have a seven-month-old daughter, Michelle, born in Ottawa. Both Perez and the child are Canadian citizens.

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Rafael Silva arrested for kidnapping and sexual assault

Man arrested for alleged kidnapping, sexual assault

A Toronto man is facing charges after an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault.

Police say that around 1:42 a.m. on Sunday, a 21-year-old woman was in the in the Leslie Street and Eglinton Avenue area when she was taken by a man and driven to a home in the Bloor Street West and Lansdowne Avenue area. Police say she was sexually assaulted.

Rafael Silva, 24, of Toronto, has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, forcible confinement, and sexual assault.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, May 7 at 10 a.m. at Old City Hall.

Toronto: Dennis Aquino charged with second-degree murder

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 10:10 p.m., police responded to a call for a stabbing at 1651
Victoria Park Avenue.

Police located a man suffering trauma to the body.
He was taken to hospital where he later died.
At this time, police are not releasing the identity of the victim.
On Sunday, April 15, 2012, Dennis Aquino, 40, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:
1) Second Degree Murder
He was scheduled to appear in court at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East, on Monday, April 16,
2012, room 412, at 10 a.m.

Toronto: Danny Correa arrested in sexual assault on 13 year old

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in a sexual
assault investigation.

On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, the Sex Crime Unit, with the assistance of officers from 23
Division, arrested a man in connection with a sexual assault investigation at 4500 Jane Street.
See previous release.

Danny Correa

As a result of the news release, police obtained information leading to the identity of the
It is alleged that on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, between 10:47 p.m. and 11:04 p.m., a man sexually assaulted a 13−year old girl on the elevator
Danny Correa, 26, of Toronto, has been charged with Sexual Assault.

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Lorenzo Salvador Cid Guerra to be deported to Mexico


Fugitive faces deportation to Mexico

By Tom Godfrey ,Toronto Sun

Guerra was arrested thanks to an anonymous tip

TORONTO - All it took was a quick phone tip from the public and the hiding was over for fugitive Lorenzo Salvador Cid Guerra who now faces deportation to his native Mexico.

Guerra, 35, was arrested at a Driftwood Ave. home around noon on Monday by Toronto Police officers on a warrant for being inadmissable to Canada due to alleged links to organized crime.

“He was arrested without incident,” Const. Tony Vella said on Tuesday. “He was turned over to the border services.”

Guerra is slated for an appearance before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) this week as officials try to deport him to Mexico City.

He is one of 37 fugitives and war criminals included in a “Wanted by the CBSA” list posted on the agency’s website. The list was created after prodding by Sun Media last year.

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Guatemalan war criminal in Calgary won’t get legal aid

No legal aid for man accused of war crimes

The Canadian Press

Jorge Vinicio Orantes Sosa

CALGARY – The Alberta Court of Appeal has denied legal aid to a man who has been ordered extradited to the United States to face immigration charges.

Jorge Vinicio Orantes Sosa (hore-HAY’ Vin-EE’-see-OH’ ORR’-ent-EHS’ SOH’-sah) is also wanted by Guatemalan authorities for alleged war crimes.

Sosa wanted a legal-aid lawyer to help him appeal the extradition order.

But the Appeal Court says there is no evidence to justify a publicly funded lawyer.

The court points out Sosa’s notice of appeal came after a 30-day deadline, but the justices ruled he can apply for an extension.

Sosa is accused of lying to immigration officials about his past when he applied for U.S. citizenship.

He is also a Canadian citizen and remains in custody in Calgary while he appeals his extradition.

Guatemalan authorities allege he participated in a massacre of 251 men, women and children in a village in the Central American country in 1982.

Sosa, who denies the allegations, was arrested last year in Lethbridge, Alta.


Tanveer Ahmed bemoans service job in Canada, however does not consider returning to Bangladesh

Immigrant faces barriers in career path


When doctor Tanveer Ahmed’s family calls from Bangladesh to hear about his new life in Canada, he hides the fact he’s now a server at Pizza Hut. He doesn’t tell them his wife is working at McDonald’s. Or that they’re living in a tiny basement suite.

Tanveer Ahmed, pictured with his ticket to Canada

Ahmed, 30, is one of tens of thousands of immigrants coming each year to Metro Vancouver whose credentials aren’t recognized and for whom the upgrading process is a grueling, uphill battle.

“I tell my relatives, I say, ‘Yes I got a job but not in my field,” Ahmed said. “They don’t ask any more questions. They know the situation.

“When I came here, I had bigger dreams.”

Ahmed — who arrived here with his wife Syeda Farzana last October — could become one of 350 immigrants in the Greater Vancouver area to benefit from a new pilot project announced Wednesday offering loans to help internationally trained professionals pursue additional training and licensing exams. Once their training and exams have been completed, the workers will be able to pay back the loans within flexible time periods.

According to the 2012 census, Canada’s 5.9% growth rate is largely fueled by immigration. Yet for many internationally trained professionals, the cost of licensing exams, training and skills upgrading creates a sometimes-insurmountable barrier to credential recognition.

“A government loan would really help. This is an expensive city,” said Ahmed, who is making minimum wage — $9.50 an hour. Rent for his tiny one-bedroom basement East Vancouver apartment is $750. Ahmed and Farzana can’t afford a car, let alone start the family they want.

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