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Freedom and Status for Daniel Garcia

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To: reg.williams@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca
Cc: status4danielgarcia@gmail.com

Reg Williams, Director Greater Toronto Enforcement Centre

I urge you to release Daniel Garcia, who has been held at Rexdale Immigration Holding Centre since Thursday December 23, 2010, and to stay his deportation. Daniel has immense community support and we are confident that the Immigration Minister Jason Kenney will consider the facts and grant Daniel status.

Daniel's problems in Mexico that led to his arrival in Canada began in 2004, when a group of teenagers assaulted him, hurling homophobic remarks. In 2006, shots were fired into a room he, his sister, and her partner were staying at. His sister's partner was shot in the neck and died en route to the hospital. Despite moving to other areas in Mexico, violence followed and the police were ineffectual.

Toronto student faces deportation to Mexico

The Canadian Press

Daniel Garcia was supposed to spend Christmas with his girlfriend and her family, even staying overnight at their home so he wouldn’t be alone on the holidays.

Instead, the 18-year-old Toronto student has spent the past few days in an immigration detention centre after police arrested him Thursday night, according to his friends.

Garcia faces deportation to Mexico and could be sent away as soon as next week, they said.

“It makes me so sad because if he gets deported, I never will see him again,” his girlfriend, Martina K., told the Canadian Press on Saturday.

She asked not to be identified by her full name since her immigration status is also not certain.

Dozens of students, teachers and community workers set aside their own Christmas plans on Saturday to defend Garcia, described as an exemplary student and a caring friend.

Urgent Action: Christmas Day Meeting to Stop Parkdale Student's Deportation

Dec/25/2010 - 2:00 pm

Please sign this petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41599.html

ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS DANIEL'S DEPORTATION TO BE STOPPED

25 DECEMBER 2010 (CHRISTMAS DAY)
2PM - 3PM
ST. CASIMIR'S CHURCH, 156 RONCESVALLES AVENUE
fb: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=184876838190473

Classmates, friends, teachers and concerned Parkdale community members are calling for an urgent meeting at 2pm at St. Casimir's Church on Christmas Day to demand that Mexican refugee claimant and Parkdale highschool student Daniel Garcia's deportation be stopped, that the Immigration Minister grant Daniel temporary status and allow him to have his Pre-Removal Risk Assessment fairly heard and that he be allowed to complete his school year and gain permanent status in Canada.

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Organized by friends of Daniel Garcia: status4danielgarcia@gmail.com

The only boxing day deal we want is for Daniel to be free

FRIENDS OF DANIEL GARCIA (status4danielgarcia@gmail.com)
Saturday, December 25th, 2010.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“THE ONLY BOXING DAY DEAL WE WANT IS FOR DANIEL TO BE FREE”

High school students to rally in front of the Eaton Centre on Boxing Day to demand a stay on deportation of their classmate to a life-threatening situation in Mexico, and that the Immigration Minister grant him permanent status.

Where: Yonge and Dundas, in front of the H&M store at the Eaton Centre
When: Sunday, December 26th from 10am to 12 noon
Who: Students from Parkdale Collegiate Institute, teachers, concerned community members

“All I want for Christmas is Daniel to be free”

FRIENDS OF DANIEL GARCIA (status4danielgarcia@gmail.com)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
24 DECEMBER 2010

“All I want for Christmas is Daniel to be free”
Urgent community rally to stop Parkdale student deportation

Instead of volunteering at the church where he usually volunteers every Saturday morning, Daniel Garcia will spend Christmas Day in an immigration detention centre, awaiting deportation.

Friends, teachers, classmates and parishioners are gathering on Christmas Day at St. Casimir's Church (156 Roncesvalles Avenue) at 2pm in Parkdale to stop Daniel's deportation, asking that the Immigration Minister grant Daniel temporary status and allow him to have his Pre-Removal Risk Assessment fairly heard. Daniel Castorena Garcia was randomly ID checked by police and handed over to Immigration Enforcement late Thursday night.

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