U.S. war deserter, mother of 3 must leave Canada
A U.S. war deserter and mother of three young children was ordered to leave Canada when she appeared at a deportation hearing Wednesday.
Kimberly Rivera moved to Toronto from Texas in early 2007 with her husband and two children after refusing redeployment to Iraq. In late November, she gave birth to a third child in Canada.
She had served in Iraq in 2006 as a gate guard at a forward operating base, according to the War Resisters Support Campaign.
The advocacy group said Rivera is the first U.S. female resister to come to Canada.
At a deportation hearing in Mississauga, Ont., Rivera was told to leave Canada by Jan. 27.
Supporters had hoped immigration officials would allow her to stay in part because she has a six-week-old daughter, Katie Marie, born in Canada. Rivera's other children are Christian, 6, and Rebecca, 4.
Rivera's case is one of many involving American war deserters who have fled north of the border.
Last month, Cliff Cornell, a former U.S. soldier from Arkansas living in Nanaimo, B.C., was ordered to leave Canada by Christmas Eve.
Deportation orders were also given to U.S. war deserters:
- Corey Glass.
- Jeremy Hinzman.
- Patrick Hart.
- Matt Lowell.
- Dean Walcott.