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(en) Canada, Toronto, KEEP UP THE PRESSURE: Yakub Mohamed's deportation must be stopped

From "OCAP*" <ocap@tao.ca>
Date Thu, 30 Dec 2004 08:41:13 +0100 (CET)

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** Father of four still facing deportation to Somalia after 15 years in
Canada. Please read on for details on what you can do, as well as for a
detailed letter from Mohamed's counsel sent last week to Minister Judy
Sgro, to which there has as of today been no response **
The Honorable Judy Sgro Minister of Citizenship and Immigration House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario
To the Honorable Minister Sgro:
Re: Request for a stay of Removal for Mr. Yakub Ahmed Mohamed
COB: Somalia, DOB: 02/07/54

We represent Mr. Yakub Mohamed in his immigration matters. Mr. Mohamed
has lived in Canada for over 15 years and is the father of four Canadian
children. He is scheduled to be deported to Somalia, the only country in
the world without a government, on January 11th, 2005 without any identity

We are writing to request that you exercise your discretion and grant Mr.
Mohamed a Temporary Resident Permit pursuant to s. 24 of IRPA and/or stay
his removal until a decision on his Humanitarian and Compassionate and
Spousal Sponsorship Application and this Subsequent PRRA application has
been determined based on the extraordinary circumstances of his case.

Recently you were reported in the media as stating that issuing permits is
the &#8220;right thing to do&#8221; for people who have been living in
Canada and are legally married to a Canadian citizen because they should
not have to wait for years before being allowed back into Canada. We agree
with your comments in the media that immigration rules &#8220;should not
penalize people who fall in love&#8221;, however we should add that
neither should Canadian children be deprived of the essential love and
support of a father. If Mr. Mohamed were to be removed to dangerous
Somalia the separation from his wife and children would be certain to
cause them pain and suffering, what is less certain is whether Mr. Mohamed
would be alive to return if and when his H & C application or PRRA is

Therefore we urge you to exercise your authority and grant Mr. Mohamed
permission to remain in Canada with his wife and children.
Mr. Yakub Mohamed is the husband of a Canadian citizen and the father of
four Canadian, the youngest aged nine years old. Yakub has continuously
lived in Canada for over 15 years and has been a tremendous source of
love, support and guidance to his four sons and wife. We have enclosed
compelling evidence of how his removal will impact on the well being of
his wife, who will be forced to raise four young men on her own, and on
the welfare and best interests of his children.

As stated we have submitted a subsequent PRRA application on behalf of Mr.
Mohamed that includes persuasive evidence of the risk posed to his life if
he is removed to Somalia. We have requested an expedited assessment of the
PRRA by faxing the PRRA coordinator, Ms. Audrey Mitchell. However, we have
not received a response or any confirmation that it will be decided before
his scheduled deportation date.

We have also requested a deferral of Mr. Mohamed&#8217;s removal under
s. 48 of IRPA but have also not received a response to this request. We
attach a copy of our request. We find it disturbing that Mr. Mohamed is
being removed to a highly unstable country that is still gripped with
violence, lawlessness and chaos. We find is particularly troubling that
Mr. Mohamed will be placed on a dubious &#8220;charter flight&#8221;
operated by Somali warlords with no passport or identity documents
whatsoever making him a vulnerable victim and exposing him to great

Based on the above extenuating circumstances, we urge you to exercise your
discretion to grant Mr. Mohamed a temporary resident permit and/or stay
his removal scheduled for January 11, 2005.

This request is being made on Christmas eve, should you grant Mr. Mohamed
permission to remain with his family in Canada, it will be Christmas
present they will never forget.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this urgent matter. Please
contact me at (416) 934-4561 should you have any questions or concerns.

Yours truly,

Amina Sherazee
Barrister and Solicitor


If you have already sent a letter to the Minister, please take a minute
and call the following individuals, back at work before New Year's Eve. If
you have called, please send a letter. We need your support to stop the
pending deportation of Mohamed Ahmed Yakub and the devastation of this
family of five.


---> Jeff Rafique, Mohamed&#8217;&#8217;s Explusions Officer:
(905) 405-3599 (phone)
(905) 405-3533 (fax)

---> Judy Sgro, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada:
In Toronto,(416) 744-1882 (tel)
(416) 952-1696 (fax)
In Ottawa, (613) 992-7744 (tel)
(613) 947-8319 (fax)


1) That Mohamed Ahmed Yakub&#8217;s deportation scheduled for January
11th, 2005 be stayed.
2) That Mohamed&#8217;s application for landing on Humanitarian and
Compassionate Grounds be examined and that he be granted permanent
resident status in Canada.

Srgo and Immigration Canada's deportation officials must not spend their
holidays without understanding the consequences of their actions. Help us
support Mohamed and his family. Call/fax today and keep it up in the days
leading up to New Year's Eve.

For more information, contact:
Amina Sherazee, Downtown Legal Services, 416.934.4561
Stefanie Gude, OCAP, at 416.925.6939

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain St. Toronto, ON M5A 1R6
416-925-6939 ocap@tao.ca www.ocap.ca
* Ed. Notes: OCAP is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiative.
** The action is part of participation in immigration defence -
an area of work that NEFAC - North East Federation Anarchist
Communists has prioritized.

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