SAM TAYLOR - THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
Cliff Cornell fled the U.S. Army four years ago for British Columbia when his Georgia artillery unit was ordered to serve in the Iraq War.
On Wednesday, Feb. 4, Cornell was deported from Canada, arrested in the U.S. and booked into the Whatcom County jail.
Cornell, who is from Arkansas, is going to be released on his own recognizance and ordered to report to Fort Stewart in Georgia, said Gene Marx, a local peace activist and member of the Bellingham Veterans for Peace, Chapter 111.
He and other local peace activists are asking officials to make Bellingham a "sanctuary city" so military deserters will not be arrested by locals and handed over to federal officials.
Cornell is the second soldier, along with Robin Long in July 2008, to be deported from Canada and placed in the county jail in recent months. Long was eventually sentenced to serve a 15-month prison sentence in Miramar Naval Consolidated Brig near San Diego.