Immigrant Workers Centre, 4755 Van Horne, Bureau 110 (Metro Plamondon)
Sunday, 24 August 2014, 1pm
Sheila Sedinger is a 27-year old mother of two girls, ages 8 and 5, who has lived in Montreal since 2005. She is scheduled to be deported to Mexico on August 30th, her younger daughter’s 6th birthday.Sheila would not be able to bring her children with her if she is deported because of an ongoing custody case with the children’s father. Deportation would also separate Sheila from her partner, from her network of friends, and from other family members in Canada, including her father. Sheila has exhausted all her resources in fighting her immigration battle, and recently suffered an accident that leaves her dependent on a cane to walk. She has no network of support in Mexico, which she left nine years ago.
Sheila fled Mexico to escape a series of traumatic experiences related to a violent ex-partner and fears returning. Although Canada officially considers Mexico to be a safe country, in reality it has one of the highest homicide rates in the world and organized crime often works hand-in-hand with police.
Sheila’s struggle to get permanent status in Canada has been extremely difficult. A sponsorship application for Sheila was accepted by the Federal Government and Quebec in 2008. However, before the process was completed, her sponsor committed an act of violence towards Sheila’s youngest child, a crime for which he was later convicted. This ended the sponsorship. However, as a protected person, the sponsor remained in Canada despite the criminal record, and Immigration Canada informed Sheila that she could remain as well because she remained in the same file. But, in the spring of 2014, Immigration Canada abruptly informed Sheila that she had no status and had to leave Canada.
Sheila now has a pending spousal sponsorship from her partner Michael-John Carrière, as well as applications for Temporary Residence and for Permanent Residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds. However, the Federal government is insisting on deporting Sheila before she receives an answer on any of these applications and even before the custody of her children is settled.
An administrative stay request has already been refused by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA); the Federal Court will hear her case on August 26th.
Solidarity Across Borders invites journalists to a press conference to hear directly from Sheila and her lawyer, Me. Angela Potvin.
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