Mexican man with cancer allowed to live out final days in Canada

 

Fernando Nuñes was ordered deported by the Canada Border Services Agency in 2014

 
 
 
 
Fernando Nunez (right) with his son Fernandez in Surrey.
 

Fernando Nunez (right) with his son Fernandez in Surrey.

Photograph by: NICK PROCAYLO, Vancouver Sun

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METRO VANCOUVER -- Fernando Nuñes, a Mexican man with cancer who was ordered deported by the Canada Border Services Agency in 2014, died Monday night at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

Nuñes, 33, was allowed to live out his final months in Vancouver with his wife and son, both Canadian citizens whom he would have had to leave behind had the deportation order been carried out.

The Vancouver Sun reported in March that Nuñes came to Canada on a visitor visa in 2009, but overstayed it and did odd jobs in construction. He met his wife in 2012 and they married the following year. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer of the esophagus in August 2014. The following month, CBSA issued a removal order against him, even though his wife had applied to sponsor him. Returning to Mexico would also have meant indefinite separation from his son, a Canadian citizen who came with his mother as a refugee, and put his access to life-prolonging treatment on hold.

“He would have died much, much earlier” had he gone back, said Rocco Trigueros of the group Mexicans Living in Vancouver.

After his story appeared on the front page of The Sun, immigration officials allowed Nuñes to stay and treated him with great sensitivity, Trigueros said.

The decision “gave him time to share with his family and have a better departure,” he added.

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Fernando Nunez (right) with his son Fernandez in Surrey.
 

Fernando Nunez (right) with his son Fernandez in Surrey.

Photograph by: NICK PROCAYLO, Vancouver Sun

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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