History just repeats itself!
by sophiaroseglt on February 9, 2014 - 9:20pm
As described in the article Deporting Mexican mother discourages abused women from seeking help, activist say by Michelle Lalonde on january 31, 2014 after running away from her native Mexico, Ivonne Hernandez now 41 arrived in Montreal in hopes of a better life. She had arrived in Canada asking for refugee status running away from a violent relationship with a police officer which made her fear for her life. Her claim had been refused in 2011 but by that time she was married to a native Montreal man and was pregnant. When her refugee claim was refused the first time she filed a statement for domestic violence against her spouse and as a result has lost the custody of her now 13-month-old baby. It took many months of preparation and consultation with social workers in order to allow Hernandez to leave the house with the baby. Hernandez fears for the health of her child in the hands of the father and refuses to be deported without her son. The judge has awarded the father sole custody of their newborn and has allowed the mother two visit per week for a total of eight hours per week. Hernandez was victim of a public ambush by the immigration services at the berry-UQAM metro on January 22 when Hernandez was coming to get her son for her visiting hours. She was release soon after but is ordered to be deported back to Mexico where she still fears for her life.
But there is hope; the Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the deportation in order to give her the opportunity to regain custody of her 13 months old son. Not many knows the repercussion deporting Hernandez has on an international level because Canada is always invited to international forums to promote all their actions they do for woman rights therefore this case may result in a loss of credibility for Canada. Canada is also prone to many international sanctions because of the deportation because many international conventions say: “women have to right to safety, regardless of their immigration status.”
After getting informed on this kind of situation I realized that it happens a lot that woman get deported back to their native country where they are persecuted. Fortunately in the case previously discussed in A Flash From the Past, the government pleaded in favour of the defendant and granted the asylum to young Fauziya Kasinga in 1996. It is a shame the Canadian government promotes acceptance on an international level but when it comes down to concrete cases they turn their heads and refuse to help the most unfortunate.
In 1996 the United State government pleaded in favour to help the young Kasinga out of an unfortunate situation let’s just hope the Canadian government can do the same in 2014 for Hernandez.