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NEW YEAR'S EVE 2011: STOP THE COUNTDOWN TO DANIEL GARCIA'S DEPORTATION

FRIENDS OF DANIEL GARCIA (status4danielgarcia@gmail.com)
MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YEAR'S EVE 2011: STOP THE COUNTDOWN TO DANIEL GARCIA'S DEPORTATION

(Toronto) 18 year old Mexican refugee claimant, Daniel Garcia, has had a deportation set for January 1, 2010. Community leaders, school board trustees, Members of Parliament, friends, teachers and Toronto residents are gathering at the steps of the Federal Court of Canada, where a motion to stay his deportation will be filed. Daniel Garcia's supporters are hopeful that Jason Kenney, the Minister of Immigration will grant the Temporary Resident's Permit filed with his office.

WHAT: Demonstration and Press Conference
WHY: To stop Daniel Garcia's deportation, scheduled for January 1, 2010
WHERE: 180 Queen Street West
WHEN: 11am, December 31 2010
WHO: High-profile community leaders, school boards trustees, MPs, teachers, friends and supporters of Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia is a Grade 11 student at Parkdale Collegiate Institute in Toronto. Whisked away to immigration jail over Christmas, he now faces removal to Mexico. Daniel fled Mexico at the age of 15 after he and his sister endured ongoing violence as a result of her sexual orientation. Daniel has managed to create a life for himself in Canada. He is a committed student, a member of the student co-op program, a volunteer and parishioner at St. Casimir's Church, and much loved member of the community. The Canadian Border Services Agency appears intent on deporting him, knowing full well that his immigration case was badly compromised because he has been forced to navigate the system on his own, as a teenager after his lawyer died and he received incorrect advice.

In the past week, over 1,100 people have signed an online petition, over 300 people have signed paper petitions, nearly a 100 people have written letters and made phone calls in support of Daniel Garcia.

Online petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41599/signatures.html
Media on Daniel's case: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/DanielMedia

For more information,
Mohan Mishra - 416 270 8947
http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/status4daniel