Stop Deportation of Father of Four: Yussuf Madey Mahamed
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Dear Honourable Minister Hussen,
It is with urgency that we, as a coalition of concerned Canadians, write to request the immediate hold on a deportation order for Mr. Yussuf Madey Mahamed which is scheduled for Monday, June 4 2018. Mr. Mahamed is married and the father of four Canadian children in Edmonton, Alberta. He is the main income earner for the household. To enforce a deportation order will have dire consequences on the safety and well-being of his wife and children.
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.
Mr. Mahamed is a contributing member to our community. He works hard to support his family and provide security and well-being for his children. He is convicted of no criminal offences. There is no reason for his deportation out of Canada. The impact that this deportation on our social welfare systems when his children and wife’s well-being and security are compromised is greater than waiting to allow his sponsorship application to be complete. This is not in the best interest of the government’s resources, of the family, nor of the children.
We request that on compassionate and moral grounds the Government of Canada please halt the deportation order for Mr. Mahamed. Convention and protocol around international law relating to refugees stresses “ensuring that the unity of the refugee’s family is maintained particularly in cases where the head of the family has fulfilled the necessary conditions for admission to a particular country”.
We believe that Mr. Mahamed has met these obligations. Our own Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, under Article 28, demands a residency obligation of five years. Mr. Mahamed arrived in Canada in 2013 and has been in Canada for five years. Given this length of time living in Canada, let alone the best interest of his children, he deserves the rights towards naturalization.
According to the CIC website, application processing times for the spouse or common-law partner living inside Canada submitted before December 7, 2016 is twenty six months. Twenty six months from February 23, 2016 is April 23, 2018. Accordingly, the processing of this sponsorship application is close to complete.
Extending the time to complete Mr. Mahamed’s application is the right thing to do. Thank you for taking the time to hear our concerns. We trust that the Government of Canada will support this family staying together.
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