Oh brother, every time you see a case like this one it further reminds us of the schemers involved in the refugee racket (and not just the refugees, but their ‘advocates’ as well).
From CBC News (hat tip: ‘Pungentpeppers’):
Suhailau Hussan is a grieving mother ensnared in a global phenomenon.
She has a child in Lebanon, a country overflowing with refugees. Two others are in Iraq, too destitute to seek sanctuary. And two others are with her here in Winnipeg….but are facing deportation back to Syria.
“I need help from the government, I need help,” Hussan says in Arabic, through interpreter Ahlam Jasim. “I could be patient with everything, just if I know….my family safe. My children safe.”
This was not the happy-ever-after ending Hussan had in mind years ago back in Iraq, when the single mother applied to come here as a refugee. Eventually, Canada gave the request the green light. But it took years before she was finally able to come here. And by then, she’d remarried and had another child.
Fast forward to six months ago.
Hussan arrived in Toronto with two of her children. There, immigration officials learn about the marriage, and that her husband and child are waiting to join her from Lebanon. That’s when they put her case in a holding pattern, and that’s why she may never be able to sponsor her remaining children to come here.
The problem? In the minds of immigration officials, because Hussan did not disclose the changes in her family, meaning her marriage and new son, she misrepresented her case to authorities.
And according to Regulation 117 (9) (d) of our immigration act, if someone misrepresents their case, they cannot sponsor their remaining family members, especially those who were “not examined by an immigration officer, when the sponsor came to Canada.”
And the consequences could be permanent.
Even if Hussan avoids deportation, this could be a lifetime ban on family reunification, whether her oversight was intentional or accidental.
“We’ve been very, very concerned about people who are in this situation,” says Janet Dench, Executive Director of the Canadian Council for Refugees.
“And particularly the children that are affected by this, who are abandoned overseas by the desire of the immigration rules to punish a parent failure to report.”
They were abandoned by mom!
Why is this the Canadian taxpayers’ responsibility now?