“A refugee is a person who fears persecution if they go back to their country of nationality. Fear of persecution usually means a serious chance of physical harm or detention or some other form of cruel and unusual punishment. In some cases discrimination or harassment could be considered serious enough to amount to persecution”
I know Tom Petty didn’t want to live like one. And I know a lot of qualified refugees come to Canada every year. These two may technically qualify, I’m just not sure their claim of refugee status goes along with the general “spirit” as to why the law was created in the first place. But who am I to say…
Welcome to Canada!
Randy Quaid seeks refugee status in Canada
Actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, are escorted from Santa Barbara County court on April 26. (Steve Malone/Santa Barbara News-Press/Associated Press)
U.S. actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, are seeking refugee status in Canada, telling an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing in Vancouver that they fear for their lives in the U.S.
The Quaids told the hearing Friday that eight of their close friends had been killed in recent years and they now felt endangered themselves.
The hearing was still underway late Friday.
The couple were arrested Thursday after Vancouver police were called for assistance concerning an incident near West 41st Avenue and Yew Street.
“While checking the identity of a man and a woman at that location, they learned that the two were wanted on outstanding warrants from the United States,” said police in a statement issued on Friday morning.
“The pair were held for CBSA in the Vancouver jail, and they were turned over to [the] Canada Border Services Agency this morning at 10:30. As there are no Canadian charges or offences committed, the names of the two individuals cannot be released.”
Wanted on $50,000 warrants
The Quaids are facing felony burglary charges and misdemeanour counts in the U.S. for allegedly moving back into and vandalizing a home they once owned in Santa Barbara, Calif. Both are wanted on $50,000 bench warrants issued by a judge in Santa Barbara.
Randy Quaid won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of U.S. President Lyndon Johnson in LBJ: The Early Years, but he’s perhaps best known for his roles in the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies as well as Brokeback Mountain and Independence Day.
He is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid.