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|canadien-algerien family to be deported, act now!|
|10/20/02 at 17:47:52|
|EXTREMELY URGENT APPEAL |
Non Status Algerian Family To Be Deported In Less Than One Week! Canadian Officials Threaten To Take Custody Of Muslim Baby!!
Please phone and fax the minister of immigration
Montreal -- October 15, 2002 -- This is an urgent appeal for your support and solidarity with a non-status Algerian family who will be deported from Canada in less than one week. Please take the time to read this appeal and respond.
Mourad Bourouisa, 37, Yakout Seddiki (Nadia), 36, and their 2-year old son Ahmed, have been ordered by Canadian Immigration officials to present themselves at Dorval Airport in Montreal on Sunday, October 20 at 11am for immediate removal to Algeria.
Mourad and Nadia fear for their safety, and the safety of their child, if returned to Algeria, a country in the midst of a civil conflict that has taken more than 150,000 lives, and resulted in thousands of disappearances.
Mourad has lived and worked in Canada for over 7 years, while his wife Nadia has resided in Canada for more than 3 years. Their son Ahmed is a Canadian citizen, and Nadia is currently 14 weeks pregnant.
Immigration officials have already threatened to take custody of Ahmed if his parents do not obtain a travel visa for him from Algerian authorities. As of the writing of this appeal, no visa has yet to be issued by the Algerian Embassy, making the forced separation of a small child from his parents a very real possibility.
Mourad and Nadia have already asked Ministry officials that, at the very least, their deportation date be postponed, based on real risks to Nadia's pregnancy, and her general health. According to a letter by Nadia's physician, Doctor David Morris of the Royal Victoria Hospital, "The combined stresses of deportation and ineffective antenatal care pose a significant threat to the health of Madame Seddiki and her unborn child."
Importantly, Mourad and Nadia are making a "humanitarian and compassionate review" for permanent residence in Canada. They have already established strong links to this country over the past several years. More in-depth background information to the case of Mourad, Nadia and Ahmed is included below.
On the merits of their claim, Mourad and Nadia stand a very strong chance of remaining in Canada, if they are treated fairly and humanely by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Their deportation date of October 20 prevents fair and just treatment of their claim and, at the very least, needs to be postponed. Moreover, Immigration Ministry officials need to consider Mourad and Nadia's humanitarian claim without delay, and to take into account the risks to Nadia's pregnancy.
Mourad and Nadia have been dealing with the often arbitrary nature of immigration and refugee procedures in Canada for many years, but their situation is now at a critical stage. Without concerted action by concerned residents and citizens, Mourad and Nadia will be deported, and potentially separated from their son. The anxiety of deportation already poses health risks to Nadia.
There are many ways you can act immediately to help Mourad Bourouisa, Yakout Seddiki (Nadia) and their son Ahmed:
===> We strongly encourage you to phone Minister Coderre's various offices, and to bring to the attention of senior officials the case of Mourad, Nadia and Ahmed. Be polite, but very firm about this case, and emphasize in particular the following points:
* Mourad and Nadia have formally asked for their deportation date to be stayed, due to the "significant threat" to the health of Nadia and her unborn child. On these grounds, the Minister should postpone the deportation date, and immediately stay the deportation order.
* Mourad and Nadia are filing a "humanitarian and compassionate review" claim for permanent residence. The Minister should consider this claim without delay.
* The Minister should take into account that his officials might separate a small child, who is a Canadian citizen, from his parents in order to carry out a removal order.
By Phone ---> Ottawa Office: 613-995-6108; Montreal Office: 514-323-1212. Please also phone Raymond Lussier, Minister Coderre's Senior Special Assistant, at 613-954-1064.
===> We also strongly encourage you to immediately fax or e-mail (fax is preferred) polite but firm letters to Canadian Immigration Minister Denis Coderre. Your letter should emphasize the points as outlined above.
Your letters should be addressed to the Honourable Denis Coderre. He can be reached as followed (due to the urgency of this case, please use all the fax and e-mail addresses provided):
By Fax ---> Ministry Office: 613-946-8529; Ottawa Office: 613-995-9755; Montreal Office: 514-323-2875. Send copies of your faxes to the "Friends of Mourad, Nadia and Ahmed" at 514-848-7450.
By E-Mail ---> Minister@cic.gc.ca, Coderd@parl.gc.ca and Coderd1@parl.gc.ca. Please also e-mail Raymond Lussier at email@example.com. Send copies of your e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
===> Please share this urgent appeal with your various networks, and encourage other organizations and individuals to pressure the Minister.
===> Please send copies of your letters or e-mails to the "Friends of Mourad, Nadia and Ahmed"; by e-mail to email@example.com, or by fax to 514-848-7450 (Attention: "Friends of Mourad, Nadia and Ahmed"). If you have made a phone call, please let us know as well. We are documenting all efforts in this case.
===> If you can offer other help, please e-mail the "Friends of Mourad, Nadia and Ahmed" at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 514-268-4079.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION TO THE CASE OF MOURAD, NADIA AND AHMED
Mourad Bourouisa, 37, Yakout Seddiki (known to her friends as Nadia), 36, and their 2 year-old son, Ahmed, live in a small one-bedroom apartment in the suburb of St-Leonard on the island of Montreal. Mourad and Nadia are expecting a second child. Nadia's 14-week pregnancy has been very difficult due to the stress and anxiety of a potential deportation, as well as a possible separation from Ahmed, who is a Canadian citizen. Her physician, Doctor David Morris of the Royal Victoria Hospital, has written, "The combined stresses of deportation and ineffective antenatal care pose a significant threat to the health of Madame Seddiki and her unborn child."
Mourad has lived in Canada for 7 years, while Nadia has resided here for over 3 years. They are non-status Algerians; that is, their refugee claim was rejected, but they were protected from deportation due to a moratorium on removals to Algeria by the Canadian government. Immigration Minister Denis Coderre lifted the moratorium this past April, and as a result, hundreds of Algerians residing in Canada can now be potentially removed.
Mourad and Nadia come from one of the most violent areas of Algiers -- Bachdjarrah -- and they are fearful for their lives and the life of their son if returned. There have been over 150,000 deaths, and thousands of disappearances in over a decade of civil conflict in Algeria.
Mourad and Nadia are to be deported from Canada this coming Sunday, October 20. They are to present themselves at Montreal's Dorval Airport at 11am. They have formally requested to Immigration Canada that their deportation date be postponed due to the risk to Nadia's health.
Immigration officials have already told Mourad and Nadia that if they are not able to obtain travel documents for their son Ahmed -- a Canadian citizen who requires a visa to go to Algeria -- that he would be kept in Canada while Mourad and Nadia would be removed without him. To date, Mourad and Nadia have not received documents for Ahmed from the Algerian government.
Importantly, Mourad and Nadia are making a "humanitarian and compassionate review" claim for permanent residence, so that they can remain with their son, and continue the lives they have made for themselves in Canada.
Mourad and Nadia are French-speakers (Mourad also speaks English). Nadia -- who was the director of a childcare facility for over 250 kids before leaving Algeria -- intends to update her credentials and work as a childcare worker here. At present, she is not allowed to study in Canada. Mourad -- who is trained as an accountant and currently works as a taxi driver -- intends to open a small business in Canada. Mourad has applied for a work permit four times and has been denied each time. Ironically, he was recently approved for a work permit on the fifth attempt, 10 days after he received his deportation order.
Mourad and Nadia's son, Ahmed, is two years old, and he jabbers in Arabic and French. He has learned much of his French by listening to neighbors on his apartment's balcony. Ahmed is also suffering from the preliminary symptoms of asthma that may require specialized care not available in Algeria.
If Mourad and Nadia's humanitarian claim is allowed to proceed, and judged on its merits, they stand a very strong chance of being accepted as permanent residents, based on the links they've already established in Canada, as well as the fact that their son is already a citizen.
While Canadian officials are trying to deport Mourad and Nadia, Immigration Quebec officials have asked them to appear for an interview at their offices in New York City for consideration as immigrants to Quebec. However, the interview date is November 5, more than a week after their scheduled deportation this coming October 20. Moreover, American authorities have refused to issue Mourad or Nadia a travel visa to enter the United States.
Nadia, who was asked if she had a message for Immigration Minister Denis Coderre, simply stated, "Be fair with us." She adds a message for the general public, "Please, just treat us humanely."
[This urgent appeal and backgrounder has been prepared by the "Friends of Mourad, Nadia and Ahmed", a group of Montreal-area residents who are working with Mourad and Nadia for a just and humane response to their situation. To help or get involved, please e-mail email@example.com or phone 514-268-4079.]
|Re: canadien-algerien family to be deported, act n|
|10/21/02 at 18:54:23|
This is sooooooo sad. May Allah help them. :'(
|Re: canadien-algerien family to be deported, act n|
|10/21/02 at 21:49:04|
they haven't been deported yet. they are taking sanctuary in a church in montreal and are effectively under the protection of that church.
there is enough of a media coverage on this case that I think will twist the arm of immigration canada and allow them to stay on humanitarian basis.
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