Saturday, February 10, 2007

Gay refugee wins reprieve!

This is only one example of how the immigration/refugee system is unjust and rather arbitrary ... but in this case, people's phone calls, faxes and emails MADE A DIFFERENCE. This is a very good day for Alvaro Orozco, and for citizen action.

Nicaraguan wins reprieve in bid to remain in Canada

Alvaro Orozco, a gay Nicaraguan teen runaway who faced imminent removal from Canada after his asylum bid was rejected, has won a last-minute reprieve.

The Justice Department agreed yesterday to defer his removal for two months, giving him time to file an application to stay on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, his lawyer El-Farouk Khaki said late yesterday.

Mr. Orozco, now 21, says he ran away from home before his 13th birthday after being beaten by his alcoholic father, who was angry about his sexual orientation.

Mr. Orozco's refugee claim was rejected because Immigration and Refugee Board member Deborah Lamont didn't believe he was homosexual.

Full story.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the blog entry ---If people want to help Alvaro or others like him, please contact Diane Finlay about the unjustness of this case. Thanks --- Here is Alvaro's website with many links to ways to support him: http://orangehabitat.com/alvaro.