Supporters of Deepan Budlakoti will be attempting to hand-deliver letters to Minister of Public Safety, Steven Blaney, and the Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, in Ottawa on Wednesday. The letters call on the Ministers to reinstate the citizenship of the Ottawa-born man. The 23-year old Canadian construction worker has been facing deportation to India, where he has never lived and is not a citizen, since last year. Deepan’s legal team is challenging the deportation order on constitutional and other grounds.
WHAT: Press Conference and Delivery of letters to the Ministers of Public Safety and Citizenship and Immigration
WHEN: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 10:00am
WHERE: Charles Lynch room, Centre Bloc, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Peter Stieda, Legal Counsel
Harry Ghadban, Eastern Ontario Director of UNIFOR.
Stan Kupferschmidt, Justice for Deepan support committee
Lena McFarlane, Justice for Deepan support committee
Yavar Hameed, Legal Counsel
Deepan Budlakoti: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Stieda: 613-304-1763 or 613-236-1111, Lawyer
Yavar Hameed: 613-232-2688 ext. 228, Lawyer
The Justice for Deepan support committee was formed in July 2013 to support Deepan Budlakoti in his quest to have his citizenship restored. Justice For Deepan rejects the Canadian state’s systematic, racist policy of ‘double punishment’ in which im/migrants, refugees and those without status are punished twice for the same thing.