In 1997, Jose decided to immigrate to Canada from fear of death. Upon immigrating, he declared his reason for moving: the danger he faced due to association with the FMLN. He has since moved to Langley and currently lives with his wife and three Canadian-born children.
In an interesting turn of events, the Canadian government refused Jose’s application for refugee status in May 2009. Officials stated Jose’s application was “inadmissible on security grounds for having been a member of a particular type of organization . . . that is, an organization that is engaged in terrorism.” He currently faces deportation. Clearly, there has been a shift in policy since, considering the government knew and accepted Jose into Canada on the same grounds they are now deporting him on. You can read more about the case on the Vancouver Sun or CTV News.
Jose and his supporters are currently running a campaign against his deportation called We Are Jose. I personally met Jose Figueroa at the screening of my video design class’s films at District 319. A student from the class produced this outstanding documentary to tell Jose’s story.
If you would like to take help take action to stop Jose’s deportation, here is what you can do.
There is more information on taking action here: http://wearejose.wordpress.com/tellyourstory/
If Jose faces this threat, it is possible that the lines for deportation policies will continue to be blurred. If you want to exercise your rights as an active citizen of Canada, educate yourself on this issue and help decide what happens next.