The campaign to keep Langley's Jose Figueroa in Canada is trying to get support from the president of El Salvador. The Vancouver-based COPE civic political party is sending a letter to President Mauricio Funes to appeal for support.
Figueroa has been a Canadian resident for about 16 years, and has lived in Langley with his family and children since he arrived.
However, the government is attempting to remove him on the grounds that he
was affiliated with the FMLN, which it says is a terrorist organization.
The FMLN was a left-wing group that fought against the right-wing junta that controlled El Salvador in the 1980s. In 1992 when the civil war ended, the FMLN disarmed and became a legitimate political party. The FMLN has even formed the government of El Salvador at various times since then.
Figueroa has appealed to the Minister of Public Safety for an exemption to the deportation order.
He is currently living in his church, Walnut Grove Lutheran [Local dad finds sanctuary in church, Oct. 8, Langley Advance]. While sanctuary is not legally recognized under Canadian law, government officials have been reluctant in the past to arrest and deport people living in churches.
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