Julian Jubenville was interviewed by the Toronto Sun on the delays encountered by Haitans trying to join their loved ones in Canada.
January 27th, 2010
Woman fights to bring hubby home
Sets up Facebook profile to bring light to man's plight
By TOM GODFREY, Toronto Sun
Frustrated Torontonian Reena Tagger has created a Facebook page to help bring her stranded husband to Canada from his native Haiti.
Tagger, 29, sponsored Edaire Nachar St. Louis, 27, last May and has been waiting for him since.
"I want him home beside me," Tagger said on Wednesday. "He should be here with me and our family."
She said St. Louis is living in a rural area of Haiti with his grandmother and sisters.
"My husband is so traumatized that he has nightmares about the roof collapsing," Tagger said. "He is so stressed out that he sleeps outside."
She began a Facebook profile last week called "Get my husband out of Haiti" after failing to get help from immigration officials.
The page has racked up more than 200 members from around the world.
"My husband has lost everything and is still traumatized and in shock," Tagger said. "Every time I call Immigration Canada they give me different stories as to when I can expect my husband to join me."
She said the pair met while studying in the U.S. and were married in December 2008.
Many Haitians in Toronto and Montreal have expressed anger at the length of time it takes to be reunited with their loved ones.
Wilfredo Etienne, 29, of Toronto said his wife, mother and other family members escaped the earthquake and the battle now is to get them to Canada.
"My family is sleeping on the streets," Etienne said on Wednesday.
Etienne blames federal immigration officials for not placing family reunification on the front burner.
Federal immigration officials couldn't be reached yesterday despite repeated phone calls.
Toronto lawyer Julian Jubenville said Haitians are wondering whether they'll be accepted as refugees by an immigration and refugee board.
"I am concerned about how the board will deal with new refugee claims," Jubenville said. "There's a big concern on whether the board will recognize the earthquake."
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