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U.S. war resister deported from Canada, arrested at the border


 

An American soldier who sought refuge in Canada after serving in the Iraq war has complied with her deportation order. Kimberly Rivera presented herself at the border on Thursday, and was immediately arrested, the Globe and Mail reports.

Rivera faces punishment for being absent from her unit, said advocates on her behalf. Rivera fled to Canada to avoid a second deployment to Iraq, a war which she felt was unconscionably wrong.

Rivera’s husband and four children—two of whom were born in Canada—also crossed the border on Thursday, but went separately so her children did not have to see Rivera arrested by the military.

Rick Dykstra, the parliamentary secretary to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, confirmed the deportation in the House of Commons, to many cheers from the Conservative benches. He said he did not believe Rivera would face any punishment from the U.S. government. Two Iraq war resisters have previously been deported from Canada, both were imprisoned for a year on charges of desertion when they returned to the United States.


 
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U.S. war resister deported from Canada, arrested at the border

  1. “he said he did not believe Rivera would face any punishment from the U.S. government.”
    Uh, B*LLSH*T

  2. Why in God’s name would the Conservatives cheer?! They literally just sent an innocent mother to prison. This is what they are cheering, the seperation of a good woman from her husband and kids. That is beyond disgusting. I can’t imagine why they would be so happy unless it’s like a dog being happy it pleased it’s American owner.

  3. Canada is becoming a very mean and unfriendly country, just like the United States is. (politically).

    • WOOOOO HOOOOO! Nana nana nana nana Nana nana nana nana Hey ay ay goo-bye!
      Good riddance. This is gutless Canada. We have enough cowards in Quebec and Southern Ontario. We don’t need spineless deserters coming here.

  4. At “I can Say anything”: You really believe everything the media writes? Secondly, as a retired Canadian military guy, I know the Canadian Forces’ Military Police would have arrested me instantly on my return had I gone adrift. I would then have faced a court martial and the ensuing sentence imposed by a military court. No B*LLSH*T there.