UPDATE (February 4, 11:30am) Today at Montreal’s Federal Court, Judge Harrington granted a temporary stay of deportation to Ivonne Hernandez. Effectively, that means Ivonne will not be removed from Canada and her community imminently. The judge cited the “irreparable harm” that would be caused if Ivonne was to be deported now and permanently separated from her 13-month son. The struggle is not over, however. Ivonne could face another deportation date in the future (after matters at Federal Court are settled). Moreover, Ivonne is facing a continued struggle at Family Court to regain custody of her child. The Family Court must be made to understand that the immigration status of a loving parent cannot be used against them in any custody matter.
The Friends of Ivonne — a group of friends, allies and supporters working directly with Ivonne Hernandez — will continue to send updates and information to everyone who has been in touch and expressed concern. For now, we still encourage letters to the Minister of Immigration demanding that Ivonne’s status be regularized immediately; we also encourage organizational letters of support for Ivonne (visit this page for a compilation of the close to 50 letters received so far); and we encourage donations to Ivonne’s support fund, to help pay legal costs related to the immigration and family court matters. Information about how you can help is available below.
Solidarity with Ivonne!
Status for All!