flee to canada before joining the military, not after

Posted in Uncategorized by Ryan Locke on January 10, 2009

says Ryan.

If you’re going to dodge a draft, Canada is still the place for you.  If you’re going to desert the military to avoid a second tour in Iraq, well, go somewhere further away than Canada.

Former US Army [official website] Pfc. Kimberly Rivera [advocacy profile] who fled the US for Canada after serving in Iraq announced Wednesday that the Canadian government [official website] had ordered her deportation. She, along with her husband and children, had sought asylum on humanitarian grounds to avoid a second tour in Iraq. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney [official profile] defended [Toronto Star report] the practice of deporting military deserters, distinguishing between draft dodgers and people who join the military voluntarily and later defect. Rivera, the first female US soldier to flee to Canada, could face a court-martial and up to five years in prison [AP report] upon her return to the US.

JURIST, Canada government orders deportation of female US soldier who avoided Iraq service.


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