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December 11th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

Holy Smokes! If like me you have days where you doubt the ability of The People to make a difference, here’s an excellent example from the CBC: Paralyzed refugee claimant Laibar Singh can stay in Canada for the time being after more than 1,000 people protested his scheduled deportation at Vancouver International Airport’s departures terminal Monday morning, blocking traffic and causing delays. … Singh initially sought refugee status in 2003 on the grounds that he would be persecuted by police in Punjab, where officials have accused him of links to separatist militants, but his refugee claim was denied that year.

His appeals to stay in Canada were turned down by immigration officials, who ruled Singh couldn’t remain because he doesn’t have adequate community ties.

Harsha Walia, of No One Is Illegal, said that finding is outrageous, based on the support the community has already shown for him.

Walia said 40,000 people have signed a petition urging Ottawa to allow Singh to stay in the country on humanitarian grounds.

This is the third time Singh has avoided deportation.

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