Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Gay Nicaraguan wins asylum fight in Canada

Alvaro Orozco
“Thank you. To all the people that signed petitions, that came out to rallies, all the organizations that have supported me, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. The detention centre is still full, with kids and families. It's not fair. It's not fair that police are working with immigration to arrest people. We need change now. I hope that people in the community will continue to fight for justice for immigrants and refugees.”  
Alvaro Orozco, May 31, 2011

After spending almost a month in a detention centre awaiting deportation, Alvaro Orozco will be able to stay in Canada, according to those close to him. The Nicaraguan-born gay artist was granted a stay on humanitarian and compassionate grounds May 31.

That means that Orozco can begin the process of becoming a permanent resident. And after that, he will be free to apply to become a Canadian citizen if he so chooses.

Orozco told Suhail Abualsameed this afternoon that he would have a detention review June 1, in which he would be informed of the approval of his application to stay in Canada.
"He couldn't continue speaking," Abualsameed remembers. "It's overwhelming... it's like a miracle.”
Abualsameed credits the application's success to the activist presence that supported Orozco. "The work we've  done... created an urgency within immigration to actually look at this application," he says.

The news came after members of the queer and Latino communities held three demonstrations within the span of a single week.

Until news broke that his humanitarian application had been accepted, activists worried that he would be deported before his application was considered.

Orozco has not yet been released from the detention centre.

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