Iraq war resister Kimberly Rivera ordered to leave Canada by Sept. 20

TORONTO – Canada Border Services Agency has ruled that an American soldier who has been living in Toronto because she didn’t want to serve in Iraq must return to the U.S.

The War Resisters Support Campaign says the agency has told Kimberly Rivera she must leave Canada by Sept. 20.

Michelle Robidoux, a spokeswoman for the War Resisters Support Campaign, says border services notified Rivera of the decision on Thursday.

Robidoux says that means the agency does not believe Rivera’s claims that she will face harsh penalties if she is deported to the U.S.

However, there is still no decision on Rivera’s humanitarian compassionate grounds claim.

Rivera, the first female U.S. war resister, fled to Canada in 2007 to avoid further military service.

She had initially arrived while on leave but then applied for refugee status.

The War Resisters Support Campaign says two other Iraq war resisters who were deported, Robin Long and Clifford Cornell, faced year-long jail sentences upon their return.

Rivera lives in Toronto with her husband and four children.

Robidoux says Rivera is meeting with her lawyer today to discuss her options.

Rivera did not comment on the ruling but is to hold a news conference Friday morning.

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