A refugee from El Salvador who has been taking sanctuary in a Langley church for more than two years has won his fight to stay in Canada.
Five years ago, Jose Figueroa was ordered deported because of his ties to an El Salvador rebel group, which was embroiled in a civil war.
But on Monday, the father of three was told by Immigration Minister John McCallum that he had been granted an exemption to remain in Canada.
Figueroa says he’s thrilled he will be allowed to stay as a permanent resident on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
“This decision allows me to safely be reunited with my family. My family and I are happy not only for our family, but also for many other immigrants who can have a positive precedent to give them hope.”
He will be reunited with his family after spending the last two years apart, just in time for Christmas.
Many people supported a video campaign for him to stay in Canada called “We Are Jose”.