Halifax (NS) – Migrant justice activists staged a protest today in Halifax to demand that new federal Minister of Immigration Marco E.L. Mendicino immediately stop the deportation of the Roblero Morales family in Waterloo, Ontario.
Members of No One Is Illegal – Halifax / K’jipuktuk (NOII Hfx) dropped a banner and handed out pamphlets to holiday shoppers this afternoon at the Halifax Shopping Centre.
“For many people the holidays are a time to celebrate together with family,” NOII Hfx member Stacey Gomez said. “The Roblero Morales family will spend this holiday season separated and in fear. We are demanding that the Trudeau government end its horrific policy of separating and deporting families and are asking the people of Halifax to stand with us.”
The Roblero Morales family are a family of eight who live in Waterloo, Ontario. On November 2, Daniel Roblero was deported to Guatemala. He is the husband of Sandra Morales and the father of six US-born children. The rest of the family is also set to be deported to Guatemala on February 6th, unless the Trudeau government steps in.
Both Sandra and Daniel are originally from Guatemala. They met in the US, after having fled persecution and violence in their home country. There, they fell in love and decided to start a family together, which grew to include their children Gimder (18), Daniela (16), Kaitlyn (14), Job (11), Breizhlander (8) and Aaron (5). While their children are US citizens, Sandra and Daniel remained undocumented while living in the US and fled the country as a family shortly after Donald Trump was elected President.
They have applied for permanent residency status in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds but fear that the whole family could be deported before their application is processed.
No One Is Illegal – Halifax is a that advocates and fights for the rights, dignity, and respect of immigrants and refugees, as well as those living without status.
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