Figueroa, who has been in Canada since 1997, was once a youth member of the University Student Union that was supportive of the FMLN political wing in El Salvador, which has recently been categorized as a "terrorist" organization. Fleeing El Salvador with his wife, Jose was a peaceful student having never taken part in any attacks or fighting between the guerrillas and oppressive government forces.Recently many supporters of the Salvadoran refugee were outraged by a federal adjudicator's ruling that he be deported because of his membership in what the government has only recently called a "terrorist organization". This issue created a significant amount of media attention to not only Jose's story, but to the larger themes surrounding his case, and those of many other innocent refugees in Canada. Among his public and most vocal supporters, noted UBC professor Jerry Spiegel, recently stated that the FMLN was emphatically not a terrorist group.Jose's talk will take a compelling look at the current stigmas of the "T" word and the dangerous paradox it has created within our current immigration system as the lives and admissibility of innocent refugees seeking immigration status in Canada are reviewed each year.n the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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