TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - "Kim Rivera's deportation is an
international tragedy," says Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers (USW)
"This gives Canada a black eye on the international stage. Our country's
once-proud tradition as a safe haven for conscientious objectors has
been destroyed with Kim's deportation," says Neumann.
"Kim should have been able to count on her safety by coming to Canada.
I, along with her Steelworker supporters, decry her deportation to the
U.S. today," says Neumann.
"Immigration Minister Jason Kenney had the opportunity to show
compassion and do the right thing, and he refused to act," says
Neumann. "Two of Kim's children were born here, yet the process for
deporting her failed to consider the wellbeing of her family."
Rivera presented herself at the Canada-U.S. border in Gananoque, Ont.,
today, complying with her deportation order issued by the Harper
government. In the U.S., the mother of four children faces a prison
sentence of two to five years.
The USW has supported U.S. Iraq War resisters since 2004 when the first
war resister arrived in Canada. The Toronto Steelworkers Hall is
offered for the War Resisters Support Campaign's public meetings.
During the Vietnam War, 100,000 war resisters came to Canada and more
than half of them remain here today. Many of them served in the
military, and like Kim, later developed moral objections to the war
that they could not ignore. In the 1970s, conscientious objectors who
had voluntarily joined the U.S. military were accepted as permanent
residents here without distinction from those who were drafted.
Public opinion polling shows that a majority of Canadians want our
government to continue that tradition today. A 2008 Angus Reid poll
found that 64% of Canadians would let U.S. military deserters stay in
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers National Director, 416-544-5951
Bob Gallagher, United Steelworkers, 416-434-2221, firstname.lastname@example.org