A family who immigrated to Canada from Honduras back in 2011 is facing deportation.
The Santos family is currently living in Moosomin, but could be on their way back to Honduras on July 5th, after multiple applications for refugee status were denied for failing to provide enough evidence to support the family’s fear of returning.
The father, Victor Santos, says he first left the country in 2007 after seeing a journalist murdered on the street, then received death threats of his own.
Every appeal Santos made regarding refugee status were defeated for not providing new information.
The only hope now is sending a separate application for Canadian citizenship based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, partly because their youngest son, Edward, has medical issues.
If that does not work, they are to return to Honduras July 5th.
But they are not facing this alone, as Moosomin residents are rallying around them.
One of the people supporting the Santos family, Russell Slugoski, says for the past year the community has been petitioning and doing letter-writing campaigns to allow the family to stay in Canada.
The petition has nearly 1-thousand signatures.
Slugoski says the family of 4 has been living in Moosomin for several years, and consider them a part of the community.