Canadian authorities deported a member of the U.S. military who refused to participate in a second deployment to Iraq in 2007, and went to Canadian territory for refuge.
Canada Immigration and Citizenship (CIC, by its acronym in English), has ordered the deportation of the U.S. soldier, Kimberly Rivera, to the United States on September 20th, the Reuters news agency said on Thursday.
Rivera, 30, who lives in Toronto, the capital of Ontario, with her husband and four children, will face a prison sentence if returned to her country of origin, according to the spokesperson for the Campaign to Support War Resisters, Michelle Robidoux, which supports U.S. military who refuse to join the wars unleashed by their country.
The spokesman announced that the deportee will meet with her lawyers to address the matter, where they will try to combine ideas and announce a claim to stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, as she still has the ability to resist again.
Hundreds of people who have deserted the U.S. military are living on Canadian territory, many of whom have been trying unsuccessfully to obtain refugee status, as happened previously during the Vietnam War.
According to federal court documents, the military personnel began a process of prayer and soul searching while serving in the conflict, and concluded that the war begun by their country was against the teachings of the Bible, as the main victims of the war were civilians.
However, a superior told them that if they could not continue their duty in the army, they would be severely punished by imprisonment or even death.
Increasing casualties among foreign forces in Afghanistan and Iraq have provoked anger and many protests from the public in the countries involved in these conflicts, which have claimed the lives of thousands of civilian and military in the villages attacked.
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