Mexican officials refused to allow a perceived union sympathizer to return to B.C.
Victor Robles had worked on the same farm in Mission for six seasons. Each year, when he returned to Mexico, he applied to come back the next year and his employer requested him by name. He thought the 2011 season would be no different. But in late January, with his employment contract and plane ticket to Vancouver in hand, he was told to report to the Mexican Ministry of Labour, which selects workers for Canada’s Seasonal Agricultrual Worker Program. There, he was informed that a person with his name had been caught in the United States and for this reason Canada was refusing to issue him a visa.