Friday, May 23, 2008

Indiana National Guard Member Faces Deportation from Canada

An estimated 50,000-90,000 Americans moved to Canada during the Vietnam war to avoid the draft. The Canadian government welcomed them after an initial reluctance. Now, decades later, many soldiers have deserted to Canada to avoid the war in Iraq. So far, Canada has rejected all claims for refugee status.

Corey Glass from Fairmount, Indiana is facing deportation back to the US on June 12th where he will likely be charged with desertion, which although unlikely, is still punishable by death.

U.S. deserter faces deportation from Canada

Sgt. Corey Glass, 25, says he fled to Canada to avoid fighting "illegal" war in Iraq

(CNN) -- A U.S. soldier who deserted to Canada will not face persecution if he returns to the United States, Canada's refugee agency ruled Wednesday.

National Guardsman Corey Glass says he fled to Canada to avoid combat in the Iraq war, which he doesn't support.

National Guard Sgt. Corey Glass, 25, says he fled to Toronto in 2006 after serving in Iraq because he did not want to fight in a war he did not support.

"What I saw in Iraq convinced me that the war is illegal and immoral. I could not in good conscience continue to take part in it," Glass said Wednesday. "I don't think it's fair that I should be punished for doing what I felt morally obligated to do."

Glass, who's still on active duty and is considered absent without leave, applied for refugee status at the Canadian border in August 2006 on the grounds of objection to military service.

But Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board denied his application for refugee status Wednesday, prompting the Canadian Border Services Agency to issue a June 12 deportation order.


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Blogger lemming said...

Persecution or prosecution?

My own feeling is that prosecution might be avoided, but not persecution, not in the current Hoosier political climate.

May 23, 2008  
Blogger torporindy said...

The Army will want to make an example out of him. I imagine that he will be prosecuted and later persecuted.

May 23, 2008  
Blogger Butchie said...

This is too much.

June 10, 2008  

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