Mexican teen to be deported from Canada, fears homophobic violence

January 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

An 18-year-old refugee claimant is set to be deported to Mexico, where supporters fear he faces homophobic violence, after an 11th-hour attempt to keep him in Canada failed Friday. Daniel Garcia, a Grade 11 student in Toronto, came to Canada three years ago with his older sister, who is gay. Her partner was murdered one night in Mexico while Mr. Garcia was in the room, the young man’s supporters say. He has been attacked in Mexico because of his sister’s sexuality and is afraid of what might await him in his home country, said Mr. Garcia’s English language teacher who visited him Thursday in the detention centre. “He has heard from others, from his family there, that people have said that they’re going to finish the job, that they’re going to come out and kill him and his sister,” Hillel Heinstein said Friday at a rally for Mr. Garcia. “We are not simply here because we like Daniel, because we think he’s a good person, because he’s an integral part of our community. We are here because of that, but we also fear for his safety.” (globe & mail)

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