Help stop the DEPORTATION of Samuel Nyaga

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Help stop the DEPORTATION of Samuel Nyaga

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Mellisa Rodgers started this petition

Around the world, Canada is praised for its embracing stance towards newcomers. Data from Immigration Canada shows the country had been welcoming around 300,000 new immigrants annually in the years leading up to the coronavirus pandemic.

A little-known fact however, is that while the country is constantly welcoming new people, it also effectually deports thousands of others each year.

After 22 years of calling Canada home, 75-year-old Samuel Nyaga is one of those facing deportation. His application and appeals to remain in Canada on humanitarian grounds have all been turned down. Presently, a request to CBSA seeking deferral of his removal is in progress.

Why would a country that touts itself as a safe and welcoming destination for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers spend this much time and resources to get rid of an upstanding elderly resident?

Granted, there have been some personal missteps, a lack of access to the right information, and immigration system errors that have translated into the predicament that Nyaga finds himself in. In a conversation with me, his lawyer, Ariel Hollander expressed that “unfortunately, Mr. Nyaga came to see us when CBSA were ‘knocking on his door’.” Hollander says that for years, Mr. Nyaga was not aware of his immigration rights. “We are asking CBSA and the Government of Canada not to deport a person in his 70s, and to give him more time until the IRCC reviews his application.” 

The eloquent senior who is fluent in 5 languages safely fled Kenya at the height of democracy movements and a push for a multi-party system in the country. This was a time rife with injustices, corruption and political persecution. Nyaga’s political work was in the crosshairs of the then government and it put his life in danger. His hasty escape meant he left the country with only the bare minimum.

Upon arrival in Toronto, Nyaga applied for a refugee claim, but unfortunately, he was rejected. He soon enrolled in various courses and worked legally until 2017 when he lost his job upon expiry of his last work permit. It is unconscionable that for 17 years, Nyaga was given work permits that only extended annually, biannually, triennially, and finally for six months. Though he is in his 70s, he is still willing to work and support himself.

Nyaga cannot understand why he is being rejected. “I’ve been a valuable resident of Canada and have been reporting monthly to the CBSA for over ten years without fail in compliance with their conditions.”

He is bewildered by the act of a government ignoring a senior, whose sunset years are more suited to the Canadian system than that of a country that he hasn’t lived in for over two decades.
 
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To learn more about Samuel and his story visit http://wakenyacanada.com/canada-deporting-a-senior-after-22-years-in-the-country/

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