Thursday, August 28th
Press point at 9:00am
Offices of Canadian Border Services Agency, 715 Peel St., Montréal
A Verdun family of four, including two Canadian-born children, is scheduled to be deported to Egypt tomorrow, Friday August 29th. The Khalifa family received news late yesterday afternoon that their Federal Court application had been rejected.
Samah Khalifa, an accountant, have lived in Canada for eight years and their two daughters, Sarah, age 8, and Aicha, age 6, were born here. Their extended family is also in Canada, and they have no network of support in Egypt. Tarek and Samah now face a terrible choice of bringing their daughters to a situation of violence and instability, where Sarah risks not receiving the medical care she needs – or leaving their girls behind.
The family has applied for a Certificat de sélection du Québec. If the Khalifas receive a positive response on their application before their deportation, the parents would have a stronger hope of eventually returning to their home in Canada and being reunited with their daughters.
Today, on the eve of the deportation, Verdun community members will visit Canadian Border Services Agency offices in Montreal to deliver petitions asking officials to stop the deportation of the Khalifa family. Minister of Immigration Chris Alexander and Minister of Public Safety Steve Blaney have discretionary power to stop the deportation and grant permanent status to Tarek and Samah.
Members of the press are invited to a press point before the petitions are delivered
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