Canadian army Captain Demetry Furman was deported from the US despite having fought alongside US troops in Afghanistan due to Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policies.
Furman who is 47 years old, is married to an officer in the US air force and is said to have a top-level security clearance with US military throughout his service in the Middle East.
Furman claims he has successfully collaborated with the US forces to stifle numerous drug operations which prevented thousands of kilos of heroin to enter North America.
According to Furman, the deportation came as a result of a marijuana conviction back in 1992. the 47-year-old was sentenced to 77 days in a maximum-security Ohio prison for being a “drug trafficker”. Following his sentence, he was met with agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (Ice) at the Canadian border on Tuesday.
“I feel betrayed. It’s a slap in the face because when I was in Afghanistan no-one cared what flag was on my shoulder,” Furman said. “I’m labelled a drug trafficker by them right now, but when I was in Afghanistan and guarding poppy fields, I was stopping opium convoys through Pakistan to China to be made into heroin and shipped to the US.”
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Demetry Furman, a former Canadian army captain has been released from custody in the United States after months behind bars because of a decades-old marijuana conviction for which he had been pardoned in Canada. . Furman was dropped off at the border crossing at Windsor, Ont., on Tuesday. His American wife, Cynthia Furman, sped to Canada to spend the first night with her husband since he was arrested by U.S. Immigration, Customs and Enforcement [ICE] on Aug. 1. “It’s a little overwhelming,” Mr. Furman said of being freed. “The fresh air made me drunk.” . When he woke up on Tuesday, he said, he was led to believe he was going to be transferred to another jail. Instead he was put into a van and driven to the border and “unceremoniously dumped off on the Canadian side.” Furman said ICE officials had suggested that going to the media about his situation would only hurt his cause. But The Globe and Mail wrote about the ordeal in Tuesday’s paper and “as soon at it went public, I suddenly started moving.” . He is now planning a civil suit against ICE and the U.S. government. “This is a travesty, what they pulled off here,” he said in a telephone interview. “I agree with legal immigration and I agree with border security, but I am not the person that is threatening their security, nor am I the person who was trying to immigrate illegally.” . Furman was an artillery captain deployed to Afghanistan and obtained top-secret clearance while working with the CIA, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Military Intelligence. That clearance came years after he was convicted on a drug-trafficking charge in Saskatoon at age 23. Furman was with a friend who tried to sell marijuana to a police officer. He was fined and spent a month at an equestrian work camp for his crime. He was pardoned by Canada in 2002. . His recent problems began when he went to to register a truck. Officials said he had been flagged in their system and confiscated his passport, his driver’s licence and his truck ownership. Few weeks later they called him to say he could have the documents. He went to retrieve them, ICE agents were waiting. . Follow the link in our bio for the full story by Gloria Galloway
Furman was in the car with a person who attempted to sell drugs to an undercover police officer which resulted in an 80-dollar fine and 28 days of community service. Canadian courts later exonerated Furman from the conviction and was told by US immigration officials in 2016 that his “stained” record with law enforcement would not affect his application for a green card after he married Cynthia in 2014.
“They interviewed us in Cleveland in 2016 and said everything looks great and we should be getting everything taken care of in the next 30 to 45 days,” said Cynthia Furman,
“I even got a call from Washington and the immigration officer chuckled when I said I was worried my husband would be deported because this is taking so long. He said there’s no need to be worried because we were doing everything right,” she continues.
Cynthia was told that Furman’s green card application “had been lost”, and was later detained after his name was flagged at the border when he tried to register his truck in the system. “I was sitting in the car waiting for him and two Ice agents came up and handed me his keys and his pocket knife and said they were detaining him,” Cynthia Furman said.
“They wouldn’t tell me why, or where they were taking him, and wouldn’t let me see him. I said I couldn’t drive because I had my ankle in a cast and they just said ‘call somebody’ and walked off,” she adds.
This case is not the first of its kind. Trump’s administration has recently widened the net of its zero-tolerance immigration policy to include many families who do not have a criminal record.
In August, the wife of a decorated US marine, Alejandra Juarez, and their nine-year-old daughter Estela were deported to Mexico for not being a “priority”.
Furman, is currently staying at a friend’s place in Windsor, and is looking to take legal action to overturn the deportation order.
“I’m not unique, I’m one of thousands of people this is being done to, other veterans that this is being done to,” he said.
“This has to stop. We believed in our government, we did what our government asked us to do, they sent us to war. And now we’re cannon fodder? No, we’re human beings.”