December 21, 2008

Stop the deportation of US Iraq War Resister Cliff Cornell

Cliff Cornell, from Arkansas, was stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He joined the Army with the promise from a military recruiter that he would receive a $9,000 sign up bonus and job training.
“Ninety per cent of what the recruiters tell you is a pack of lies,” said Cliff. Army recruitment techniques amount to entrapment, targeting young men from poor families, said Cornell. His unit was to be deployed to Iraq just after Christmas. On January 8 2005, Cliff arrived in Toronto seeking asylum. He now lives in British Columbia.

The Canadian government has ordered US war resister Cliff Cornell to leave Canada by December 24 or he will be deported to the US. He faces punishment by the US military for refusing to participate in the illegal war on Iraq.

URGENT ACTION - please take a few minutes to show your support for Cliff and the other war resisters threatened with deportation. Call or email Minister of Immigration and Citizenship Jason Kenney today and ask him to:

STOP deportation proceedings against U.S. Iraq war resister Cliff Cornell; and
IMPLEMENT the motion adopted by Canada's Parliament to allow U.S. Iraq war resisters to apply for permanent resident status.

Here are the numbers to call:

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney
Call 613.954.1064

MP Jason Kenney's Parliamentary office:

Or email him at:

Please cc the opposition party critics if you email Jason Kenney:
Liberal party immigration critic Borys Wrzesnewskyj:
NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow:
Bloc Québécois immigration critic Thierry St-Cyr:

Thanks to War Resisters Support Campaign for this information and for helping Cliff.

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