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Welcome to the Figueroa's immigration ordeal!!!

Canada has been known for many years for its tradition to offer protection to people who have been forced to seek protection against persecution and danger in their homeland! The Figueroa Family is being affected by the immigration laws that have been adopted, by Section 34.1 of the I.R.P.A. to be specific.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Nelson Mandela, Honorary Citizen of Canada


1993 Peace Nobel Prize, Nelson Mandela, was recognized by the Canadian Government as an Honorary citizen of the country in 2001. The United Nations also recognizes July 18th as Mandela's Day and even the USA president Barack Obama doesn't fall behind expressing his recognition to Nelson Mandela.

During the time of the Apartheid, South Africa the same as many other countries around the world was scenery to cruel Human Rights violations. Nelson Mandela, as well as thousands of Africans struggled against a Tyranny, he was member of the ANC, actively promoted the creation of the Umkhonto We Siswe (Spear of the Nation) which was the armed wing of the African National Congress fighting the Apartheid. The African Government categorized the ANC as terrorist and banned it. Captured Nelson Mandela accusing him of Treason.

If we compare the South African struggle with the struggle in many other parts of the world, we can't avoid finding similarities... Let's considered El Salvador for instance, the country had been ruled by cruel military governments that used death squads as means to maintain their domination. The Salvadoran Civil War was the struggle of a people against violence, oppression. It was a struggle for liberation agaist injustice. The same way as in the case of the ANC, the only ones categorizing FMLN as terrorist group were those who were in the Government and were using USA backed death squads against the population. The popular organizations did not have the same opinion they were supporters of the FMLN. This leads us to think deeply that the definition of terrorism, is a concept that is interpreted differently in many parts of the world, what is defined as terrorist for some are freedom fighters for others. No one can certainly say that they have a definition of terrorism that is universally accepted.

Talking about Section 34.1 of the IRPA if Nelson Mandela came into Canada and CBSA brought him into a Admissibility hearing, and they applied the say criteria in the Canadian Legislation, Nelson Mandela could be found inadmissible into Canada, and issued a deportation order. Yet Nelson Mandela is an HONORARY CITIZEN of Canada. You could blame this to the broad and vague definition of terrorism.

Someone could argue that Section 34.2 and Section 25.1 of the IRPA are mechanisms to overcome the problem generated when applying Section 34.1; yet the rights of many people including children are being affected. "A right delayed, is a right denied...".

The problem with the broadness and vagueness of the Law along with the tremendous discretion given to CBSA officers to decide who they bring or not to admissibility hearings is that it creates the conditions for injustices...

Many facts, indicates that the reasoning made by the Minister of Public Safety, CBSA officers and Immigration Adjudicators concerning FMLN are far off reality. Otherwise, how can they explain? the fact that there are thousands of FMLN members in Canada some of them are even part of government in some areas. Or how can they explain the fact, that not even the United Nations Security Council has ever referred to FMLN as a terrorist organization. Bringing this type of allegations to members of FMLN would mean that millions of Salvadorans are inadmissible into Canada including the Diplomatic Representation and thousands of Salvadoran who are now Canadian citizens.

"To be free is not merely to cast off ones chains; but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others..."


El Premio Nobel de la Paz, NELSON MANDELA, fué reconocido por el gobierno de Canadá como una ciudadano Honorario del pais en el 2001. Las Naciones Unidas tambien reconoce el 18 de Julio como el Dia de Mandela, e incluso el presidente de los Estados Unidos no se quedan atrás en reconocer a la figura de Nelson Mandela.

Durante el periodo de la Segregació racial, Sur Africa, al igual que muchos otros paises al rededor del mundo eran escenarios de crueles violaciones a los derechos humanos. Nelson Mandela, junto a miles de Sur Africanos lucharon en contra de una tirania. El éra miembro del Concejo Nacional Africano, y activamente promovió la creación del Unkhonto We Siswe (Lanza de la Nación) que era el brazo armado del Congreso Nacional Africano que luchaba contra la segregación racial. El Gobierno Africano categorizó al Congreso como terrorista y lo prohibió, capturó a Nelson Mandela acusandolo de traición.

Si comparamos las luchas en Sur Africa con las luchas en otras partes del mundo, no podemos obviar las semejanzas. Consideremos El Salvador por ejemplo: El pais habia sido gobernado por dictaduras militares crueles que utilizaron escuadrones de la muerte para mantener su dominanción. La guerra civil de El Salvador era la lucha del pueblo contra la violencia y la opresión. Al igual que en el caso del Congreso Nacional Africano, los unicos que categorizaban al FMLN como un grupo terrorista eran los que estaban en el gobierno y utilizaban escuadrones de la muerte respladados por los Estados Unidos! Las organizaciones populares no tenian la misma opinion, ellos apoyaban al FMLN. Esto nos lleva a concluir que la definición de Terrorismo es un concepto que es interpretado diferente en el mundo. Loa que son terroristas para unos, son luchadores por la libertad para otros. Nadie puede decir que es dueño de un concepto de terrorismo que sea Universalmente aceptado.

Hablando de la Sección 34.1 de la Ley de Inmigración y Refugio, si Nelson Mandela viniera a Canada y la Agencia de Servicios Fronterizos lo llevara a una Audiencia de Admisibilidad, y ellos aplicaran los mismos criterios en la legislación. Nelson Mandela seria encontrado inadmisible en Canada, y le darian una orden de deportación. Sin embargo, Nelson Mandela es un Ciudadano Honorario de Canada. Y se puede culpar de eso a una amplia y vaga definicion de terrorismo.

Alguien podria argumentar que la Seccion 34.2 y 25.1 de la Ley; son mecanismo para solventar el problema generado por la seccion 34.1; sin embargo los derechos de muchos incluyendo niños son afectados. "Un derecho retrazado es un derecho negado..."

El problema de la amplitud y vagueza de la ley junto con la enorme discrecionalidad otorgada a funcionarios del la Agencia de Servicios Fronterizos es que crea las condiciones para injusticias.

Muchos hechos indican que los razonamientos hechos por el Ministro de Seguridad Publica, los funcionarios de la Agencia de Servicios y muchos Adjudicadores, concernientes al FMLN estan fuera de la realidad. De otra manera: como explican? que existan miles de miembros del FMLN en Canada y en algunos casos son inclusive parte de instancias del Gobierno. o como explican que ni siquiera el Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas jamas se han referido al FMLN como un grupo terrorista?
Traer este tipo de alegacion a miembros del FMLN, significaria que millones de salvadoreños serian inadmisibles en Canada, incluyendo la representacion diplomatica y miles de Salvadoreños quienes son ciudadanos.

"Ser libre no es simplemente librarse de las cadenas propias, sino vivir a manera de respetar y mejorar la libertad de otros...."


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