Randy Quaid Renews Fight to Stay in Canada
The actor has turned to the Federal Court after being denied permanent residency status two years after he and his wife, Evi Quaid, fled to Vancouver to escape "Hollywood star whackers."
TORONTO -- Randy Quaid’s new life in Canada away from the “Hollywood star whackers” is in limbo again.
The Hollywood actor has been denied permanent residency here by Immigration Canada, according to CBC News.
The denial, now being appealed to Federal Court, comes nearly two years after Quaid was allowed to stay in Canada indefinitely as his wife, Evi Quaid, has Canadian citizenship and was sponsoring his stay.
"Organized crime and its victims are serious issues and cannot be tossed off until the claim is heard," the Quaids said, raising the alarm in their judicial review application obtained by CBC News.
"The refugee claims should remain intact as should Evi and Randy Quaid's heads remain attached to their necks and it is their firm belief that their lives are at stake and being racketeered on," they wrote in the application.
Their latest arguments to Canadian authorities resurrect high-profile claims made when they first arrived in Vancouver in fall 2010 that insisted they were being pursued by Hollywood lawyers and agents out to murder them.
The Quaids initially sought refugee status in Canada to avoid a return to California to answer vandalism charges.
Evi Quaid secured Canadian citizenship in February 2011 owing to her father having been born here.
As she sponsored her husband, Randy Quaid eventually withdrew his Canadian refugee claim in August 2012 in a bid to receive permanent resident status here.
Now, with the permanent resident bid denied, Randy Quaid is having little apparent success reinstating his refugee claim to avoid extradition back to California.
"He never intended to withdraw his refugee claim," the judicial review documents states.
The application adds the refugee claim should remain in place “as it protects life and limb,” as the Quaids feel their lives are once again under threat. “They fear for their lives from real criminals of organized crime and have asked to be protected by Canada until the claim is heard, just like any other refugees,” the document states.