February 24th, 2011
02:14 PM ET
Randy Quaid and his wife Evi have been granted permission to stay in Canada after fleeing the United States because they believed they were the targets of "Hollywood star whackers" who target actors and kill them.
According to the CBC, the Quaids — who are facing felony burglary charges and misdemeanor counts in the U.S. and are wanted on $500,000 bench warrants — applied for refugee status in October, and the Canada Border Services Agency has since dropped inadmissibility proceedings against them.
Because Evi's father was born in Canada, she was granted Canadian citizenship on February 10 and allowed to sponsor Randy as an immigrant.
"When Evi and I came to Canada last October we could never have envisioned how things would unfold and how our lives would change," Randy said of being allowed to stay in the country at a news conference Wednesday, according to the CBC. "Today we're here to say thank you Canada. Thank you for your warm welcome. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to live in peace."
For more, check out iReporter Percy von Lipinski's interview with Randy Quaid and his lawyers.
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