‘I like to dance — salsa, merengue and bachata’

Sham mar­riage un­done by man’s love of dance

Calgary Herald - - CANADA - Adrian Humphreys Na­tional Post [email protected]­tion­al­post.com Twit­ter.com/AD_Humphreys

A Cuban man’s woo­ing of a Que­bec woman while she was on va­ca­tion has been re­vealed as a mar­riage scam to get into Canada af­ter his ex­cuse of a bad back pre­vent­ing in­ti­macy clashed with rev­e­la­tions he went out Latin danc­ing sev­eral times a week.

The man, who moved to Canada af­ter an in­tense ro­mance and a wed­ding in Cuba, has now been or­dered de­ported.

The sour se­duc­tion started when Dreis­ber Al­cina Ro­driguez, now 36, ap­proached a woman from Que­bec hol­i­day­ing in Santa Lu­cia, Cuba, in Fe­bru­ary 2010. Five years her ju­nior, he flat­tered, pam­pered and charmed her, the Fed­eral Court of Canada heard.

When her va­ca­tion ended, Ro­driguez con­tin­ued email­ing her and the cou­ple main­tained a long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship. By De­cem­ber, when she re­turned to see him in Cuba, he pro­posed.

The woman, iden­ti­fied as V.G. in a re­cent Fed­eral Court de­ci­sion, re­turned to Cuba in Fe­bru­ary 2011 for their wed­ding. She then spon­sored him to im­mi­grate to Canada.

When he came, court heard, the bloom im­me­di­ately dropped from their ro­mance. When first ar­riv­ing at the Mon­treal air­port, he made a deroga­tory com­ment to her about her ap­pear­ance in front of her friends who came to greet him, court heard.

Within days he asked a Span­ish trans­la­tor what the im­pact of a di­vorce would be on his res­i­dency sta­tus in Canada.

Un­like his ro­man­ti­cally clingy de­meanour in Cuba, he was cold and dis­tant in Canada, court heard. Their steamy sex life in Cuba sim­i­larly evap­o­rated once he ar­rived here.

While he com­plained that a prob­lem from a her­ni­ated disc in his back made it im­pos­si­ble to get a job or have sex, he man­aged to go out danc­ing two or three nights a week, re­turn­ing in the morn­ing, court heard.

“I like to dance — salsa, merengue and bachata,” he told an im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer in 2013.

In Oc­to­ber, Ro­driguez left his wife and, in De­cem­ber, she de­nounced him to the Im­mi­gra­tion and Refugee Board (IRB).

Un­daunted, Ro­driguez filed for sep­a­ra­tion with a de­mand for her to pay him sup­port, since he didn’t have a job. In re­sponse, she filed for an an­nul­ment of the mar­riage in Que­bec court.

Ro­driguez claimed his wife failed to help him in­te­grate in Canada and he felt iso­lated. He said she now wants him out of Canada so she is not fi­nan­cially re­spon­si­ble for him.

In 2013, a Que­bec judge an­nulled their mar­riage and or­dered Ro­driguez to pay her $2,500 for breach of trust and, in 2014, the IRB found his mar­riage was a sham to gain res­i­dency in Canada. That meant he was no longer el­i­gi­ble to re­main in the coun­try.

He fought to stay in Canada but not to sal­vage his mar­riage.

He first ar­gued to the IRB’s ap­peal di­vi­sion he was liv­ing with a new girl­friend and needed to stay in Canada on hu­man­i­tar­ian and com­pas­sion­ate grounds to help her and her two chil­dren, whom she has shared cus­tody of. He said he helped them with their math and French home­work, a claim par­tially re­jected as he has lit­tle knowl­edge of French.

The Fed­eral Court re­jected his ap­peal of the de­por­ta­tion or­der against him in a judg­ment re­leased this month. Jus­tice Jo­ce­lyne Gagné found no er­rors in the IRB’s de­ci­sions.

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