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$1,200 raised for Jose Figueroa's deportation fight

More than $1,200 was raised and many pupusas and tamales purchased or eaten at a fundraiser for Jose Figueroa (seen here) at Walnut Grove Lutheran church recently. - submitted
More than $1,200 was raised and many pupusas and tamales purchased or eaten at a fundraiser for Jose Figueroa (seen here) at Walnut Grove Lutheran church recently.
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More than $1,200 was raised and many pupusas and tamales purchased or eaten at a fundraiser for JoseFigueroa at Walnut Grove Lutheran church last Friday.

"This will be very helpful for the many things that are going on with the federal court," said Figueroa.

April marks six months since Figueroa sought sanctuary in the Walnut Grove Lutheran Church.

A judicial review was put off in January but now has a new date of May 26. It will determine if he can stay in Canada on compassionate grounds.

“It has been almost six months without being able to go to work. Bills and legal fees keep piling and now that the legal process is restarting again,” said Figueroa in an earlier interview.

The Canadian Border Security Agency put out an arrest warrant for Figueroa in October, which sent the working Langley father of three to seek sanctuary in his church.

The Minister of Public Safety Stephen Blaney has the power to grant him exemption, but there has been no such decision as of yet.

Figueroa arrived here as a refugee from El Salvador more than 16 years ago with his wife. He was ordered deported for his political involvement in the FMLN, a group which resisted the oppressive regime in El Salvador during the civil war.

 

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