Ruling Expected on Whether U.S. War Resister and Mother of 3 to be Deported

The Canadian Press

January 7, 2009, Toronto, Canada – A U.S. war resister living in Canada with her husband and three children is expected to find out today if she’ll be subject to a deportation order.

Kim Rivera served in Iraq with the U.S. military in 2006 and refused redeployment the following year. Rivera moved to Toronto with her husband, a six-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter.

Rivera, who gave birth to a third child last November while in Toronto, is to learn her fate today at a hearing in Mississauga, Ont.

The War Resisters Support Campaign says Rivera is the first American female resister from the Iraq war to come to Canada.

In a statement issued through the group, Rivera says coming to Canada “began a new chapter” for her family “filled with opportunities and hope.”

Last month, Cliff Cornell, a former U.S. soldier from Arkansas living in Nanaimo, B.C., was told to leave Canada by Christmas Eve or face removal by force.

That ruling followed similar orders for war resisters Corey Glass, Jeremy Hinzman and his family, Patrick Hart and his family, Matt Lowell and Dean Walcott.

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