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El Salvador Man in Canada Gets Deportation Order Suspended
 
ONLINE:  MONDAY JANUARY 3, 11:14 PM EST (GMT-5).

A FEDERAL Court judge suspended the deportation of Jose Mauricio Jiminez in the interest of him not "suffering irreparable harm" due to evidence suggesting an inability to receive medication in his native country, Southam reported Monday December 27.

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A letter to the court from St. Joseph's Health Centre in London, Ontario stated that Mr. Jiminez would "experience rapid clinical decline and early death" with an absence of HIV treatment.  The Salvadoran national's medications are currently covered here under a provincial plan.

The deportation order was issued in November due to Mr. Jiminez being HIV-positive upon refugee application in 1989 and his failure to disclose criminal convictions in the United States during 1983-88.  His application had been in process in 1990 when convicted of assault in London.  A deportation order was issued but overturned by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Lucienne Robillard in 1997 due to Mr. Jiminez's advanced HIV status and his family also being in London and providing care.  His American criminal records, however, had remained unknown to Canadian officials and were discovered when Mr. Jiminez was refused entry at the Buffalo NY border as part of a leave-and-re-enter process in order to clear up the original deportation order.  The order was then renewed.

Judge Pierre Blais has allowed him to remain in Canada pending review by the Federal Court on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.