On Thursday May 21, Luis Alberto Mata became a permanent resident in Canada.
A month earlier, with support from Amnesty International, Luis launched a campaign, No Lives in Limbo calling on the Minister of Public Safety and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to grant him permanent status. Luis was recognized as a Convention Refugee in Canada in 2003, and then waited 12 years for a decision on his application for permanent residence. Amnesty International supported Luis and his family over those 12 years.
Following is part of a message from Luis to those who supported him.THE BEST SPRING OF THE LAST 12 YEARS!
“As I begin this reflection, it comes to my mind a profound and beautiful adage from Aristotle: "Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them".