- Ahmed HussenMinister of Immigration - Canada
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Widlene is like any normal Canadian 12-year-old girl. She loves dancing, soccer and Justin Bieber.
Widlene, however, has one thing different from most young Canadian girls: she has never been to Canada. Born to a refugee single mother in Dominican Republic, Widlene spent the first four years of her life living on the edge of a garbage dump. As Haitians, Widlene and her mom were subjected to serious discrimination in Dominican Republic, as was the case for numerous Haitian illegal immigrants. In 2008, Widlene's mom died and her future did not look very bright.
In 2009, my wife and I started the process of adopting Widlene. Everything was going well until Haiti was completely destroyed by an earthquake in 2010. Although Widlene was living in DR at the time, the earthquake affected her as both of her late parents were Haitian. That disaster and numerous changes in legislation have left Widlene completely stateless. No country will claim her and she no longer has access to any basic human rights.
Today, eight years later, Widlene lives with her Canadian family in Dominican Republic but the situation is not good. The Dominican government is aggressively deporting everyone who does not possess the proper documentation to be in the country. In 2016, more than 1200 unaccompanied children were dropped at the Haitian border with no family or means of survival.
My name is Vaden Earle and I'm Widlene's adoptive father. It is time we were able to give our daughter the life that we have been promising her for eight years - a life as a Canadian.
We're asking the Canadian Government to grant Widlene a Temporary Residence Permit to get her access to Canada.
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- Minister of Immigration - Canada
May 16, 2017
142 Cannon St. E
Via 205 Calle Principal
Cabarete, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic 1-829-598-3733 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon. Ahmed Hussen:
I am a patriotic Canadian citizen, a lifetime humanitarian and a father. Yesterday, I hid my eleven year old daughter from the police and today she will not be attending school. Allow me to explain: My daughter, Widlene Alexis Earle is stateless.
When her mother died eight years ago, Widlene was moved from Dominican Republic back to her home country of Haiti to be sold as a slave. As a friend of her late mother and a compassionate human, I could not allow this to happen. In June, 2009, my wife and I took guardianship of Widlene and began an official adoption process with the intention of bringing her to Canada later that year.
Through a perfect storm of unbelievable circumstances, every attempt to relocate back to Canada has failed and Widlene has fallen through the proverbial cracks in the system. The process has cost over $200,000 to date and that doesn’t include the exorbitant expense of living abroad. In addition to the financial struggle, I was forced to resign my position as the CEO of one of Canada’s leading youth empowerment charities to move to DR shortly after releasing a book that was deemed a national bestseller.
My reason for reaching out to you right now is that the situation has greatly and disastrously changed.
Currently, Widlene is stateless and has no access to human rights on any level. As a Haitian, she is living in a country where Haitians are not welcomed and are targets for exploitation, racism and deportation. As a Dominican born child, Haiti refuses to recognize her as a citizen. Today, we as Canadian citizens are effectively exiled from Canada by virtue of our decision to save the life of a child.
The attached proposal outlines the intricate details of this case from the beginning till today nearly eight years later.
With the support of numerous Members of Parliament and tens of thousands of Canadian citizens, I am asking you to approve and issue an immediate TRP for Widlene based on the fact that she is a stateless minor in the full time care of Canadian citizens.
Canada has been and continues to be a country of refuge to those in need. I'm appealing to that compassionate characteristic of our nation to rescue us.
My daughter has moved from medium to high risk in this country and that risk increases with every day that we are forced to stay here.
Honourable Minister, I am humbly asking for your help.
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