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On Friday at 3 p.m. in front of the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., a group of veterans and other citizens is expected to make a demand that Canada allow hudreds of U.S. resisters to the occupation of Iraq to remain in Canada.

The Canadian government's Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration recently adopted a motion recommending that the government immediately implement a program to allow war resisters and their families to stay in Canada. It also calls for an immediate halt to deportation proceedings in these cases.

--War Resisters Support Campaign has called a mobilization to ensure--

1) that deportation proceedings against U.S. war resisters currently in Canada cease immediately; and

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2) that a provision be enacted by Parliament ensuring that U.S. war resisters refusing to fight in Iraq have a means to gain status in Canada.

Friday's DC action was sponsored by DCOI, Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War (Ft. Meade and DC chapters), Courage to Resist, and War Resisters Support Campaign, as part of an international day of action.

More information can be found at http://www.couragetoresist.org

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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online (more...)

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