Canadian-born, ‘stateless’ Deepan Budlakoti appeals immigration detention conditions

Deepan Budlakoti speaks to a small group of people outside the Supreme Court of Canada on his second day in court to have his Canadian citizenship reinstated Tuesday May 26, 2015. Nathalie Laflamme, Montreal Gazette, 13 July 2015

Deepan Budlakoti, who was born in Canada but is not a citizen, appealed to the Immigration and Refugee Board on Monday to ease bail restrictions while he fights to stay in Canada.

Budlakoti says the conditions imposed on him in April 2013 after spending almost four months in immigration detention are jail-like. Restrictions include that he regularly report to Canadian Border Services Agency, that he not work “without proper authorization” and that he be available to appear on short notice at the request of immigration officials. Conditions were eased in 2014 but not removed entirely.

At the hearing held at the IRB in Montreal, Budlakoti told the Montreal Gazette that his situation is ridiculous.

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