Criminal Record Discrimination: Time for a Review and Reconsideration

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We write to request that the Government of Canada support Canadian sponsorship of Mr. Abdi Mohamed which was scheduled for Sunday, January 13 2019. Abdi Mohamed is married and the father of two Canadian children in Edmonton, Alberta. His wife is currently expecting their third child. Abdi Mohamed’s wife has lived in Canada for 20 years. They have only finally been able to reunite together as a family in Canada in March 2017.

The family has submitted a sponsorship application in November 2018 however he has been rejected due to a minor criminal charge 17 years ago of which he served no jail time. To enforce a deportation order will have negative consequences on the safety and well-being of his wife and children. One of his children lives with a disability and the wife is currently having complications with her pregnancy. The stress of the potential loss of her husband is not helping this situation. He is the main income earner for the household.

According to international law under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which Canada is signatory, “in all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”

We request that on compassionate and moral grounds the Government of Canada please cancel the deportation order for Mr. Mahamed and review this discriminatory policy. The discrimination of people with a criminal record needs to be looked at in Canada. What was a minor charge 17 years ago by a family member and with no other record since, Abdi Mohamed deserves the opportunity to not only stay with his wife and family, but be free of criminalization. He is a contributing member to our community and he works hard to support his family and provide security and well-being for his children. He is not a threat to our community.

This deportation will have subsequent impacts on our social systems when his children and wife’s well-being and security are compromised. This is not in the best interest of the government’s resources, of the family, nor of the children.

We request that the Government of Canada please reconsider the deportation order for Abdi Mohamed. Given the best interest of his children, he deserves the rights towards naturalization.  

Thank you for taking the time to hear our concerns. We trust that the Government of Canada will support this family staying together.