We Are Jose is a Canadian campaign to reverse the deportation order on Jose Figueroa. We are asking the Canadian government to respond on January 16, 2013 in honour of the end of the Salvadoran Civil War.
We are ordinary citizens who believe that Jose is just as Canadian as any one of us, and we want Canada to hear his story.
Jose Figueroa is a Salvadoran-Canadian living in Langley, B.C. He’s a loving father of three and a productive member of the community. He has lived in Canada for 15 years.
He applied to Canada because he faced danger, having stood up against a repressive military dictatorship during a violent civil war in El Salvador. Canada accepted him on these grounds, but 13 years later, the government wants to deport him for the same reason because of a mistaken view of who Jose is and the politics of El Salvador.
Twenty years ago, Jose was a student organizer for the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN)—an organization that opposed the military dictatorship. After the civil war ended in 1992, the FMLN became a political party and is the current government of El Salvador.
Due to some overly broad legislation, Canada has mistakenly labeled the FMLN as a terrorist organization, and Jose by extension as a terrorist—when he stood up for human rights against a military dictatorship that used death squads against any opposition.
Jose and his wife have settled down in during the past 15 years, and have three Canadian born children, including an autistic son. His children have lived in Canada all their lives, and it would be a tragedy to uproot him and his family just because the government doesn’t understand his story.
We are asking all Canadians to help us reverse the deportation order. Help us get a response from the Canadian government on January 16, 2013 in honour of the end of the Salvadoran Civil War. Visit the “Tell Your Story” section for the ways that you can support Jose.
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