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Immigration board eases conditions on Ottawa-born stateless man

Alison Sandor, CFRA News Talk Radio, 17 July 2015

A small win for an Ottawa-born man the government is trying to deport to India.

The Immigration and Refugee Board has relaxed some of Deepan Budlakoti’s strict conditions, including the requirement to keep the peace and the frequency of signing in with the Canadian Border Service Agency.

Budlakoti was born here to Indian nationals who held diplomatic passports. The 25-year-old’s Canadian passport was revoked when he was convicted on drugs and firearms charges in 2010. Budlakoti spent nearly four months in immigration detention back in 2013 before being released on strict conditions. The initial conditions were eased in 2014.

“It is a small step in the right direction,” said Budlakoti in a release. “But, I was hoping to get all my conditions removed. These conditions are imposed in violation of my Charter rights. I will be looking into further legal options.”

Budlakoti remains under a bond and will still have to sign in every six months with the CBSA and notify it of changes of address. He will also have to notify the CBSA within 48 hours should any criminal charges be laid against him.

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Deepan Budlakoti scores minor victory as Immigration board eases conditions

Giuseppe Valiante, THE CANADIAN PRESS, 17 July 2015

MONTREAL — A man who has no citizenship from any country and who was convicted on drug and weapons offences had his release conditions eased Friday due to good behaviour and the fact more than two years have passed since he was freed.

Deepan Budlakoti, 25, still represents a flight risk and a danger to society, however, said Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada member Francois Milo.

“The danger ground for detention has lessened through the passage of time and because of Mr. Budlakoti’s good conduct, compared to that of his troubled youth and early adulthood,” Milo said in Montreal.

Budlakoti will now have to report to the Canada Border Services Agency only every six months instead of every three.

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Immigration board eases conditions on ‘stateless’ Ottawa man

Michael Woods, Metro, 17 July 2015

A man who says the Canadian government has rendered him “stateless” said he has mixed feelings about the immigration and refugee board relaxing his release conditions.

Deepan Budlakoti had asked the board this week to rescind the bail-like conditions he has been living under since the Canadian government told him he was not a citizen, despite living here his entire life.

Those conditions have been relaxed. An immigration board member ruled Budlakoti must report to the Canada Border Services Agency every six months, instead of every three.

He also ruled the condition that Budlakoti must keep the peace is too vague and has changed it so the Ottawa native must instead report to border officials within 48 hours of any arrest, accusation or conviction.

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Né au Canada, un ex-détenu est menacé d’expulsion vers l’Inde

Judith Lachapelle, La Presse, 14 juillet 2015

Il est né au Canada, a toujours vécu au Canada, a même détenu un passeport canadien. Pourtant, depuis qu’il a purgé une peine de prison entre 2010 et 2013, Deepan Budlakoti est aujourd’hui menacé d’être expulsé… en Inde, le pays d’origine de ses parents.

Or l’Inde ne reconnaît pas ce citoyen né au Canada qui n’a jamais vécu en Inde, et le Canada ne veut pas reconnaître ce citoyen né à Ottawa de parents indiens.

Deepan Budlakoti est donc une sorte d’apatride. Il corrige : « Mais je suis citoyen canadien ! »

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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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‘Stateless’ Ottawa man seeking changes to release conditions

Michael Woods, Ottawa Metro News, 13 July 2015

An Ottawa man who considers himself “stateless” is asking the Immigration and Refugee Board to lift the bail-like restrictions under which he’s living, arguing they infringe on his Charter rights.

Deepan Budlakoti, 26, attended a hearing in Montreal Monday arguing that his release conditions — including that he check in regularly with the Canada Border Services Agency and not travel very far from Ottawa — are unconstitutional.

Budlakoti said he expects a decision this Thursday or Friday.

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“Stateless” man fights to have immigration conditions lifted

Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen, 12 July 2015

A “stateless” man who has been ordered deported but has nowhere to go plans to ask the Immigration and Refugee Board on Monday to lift the bail-like conditions of his deportation order while he continues to fight his removal from Canada.

Deepan Budlakoti said he’s tired of living under the “stressful” restrictions that include requirements he report in regularly to Canadian Border Services Agency, not travel long distances and be available to appear on short notice at the request of immigration officials, among other conditions. A hearing is expected to start at 9 a.m. in Montreal.

Unlike a jail sentence, the immigration order “just never ends,” Budlakoti said.

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‘Stateless’ man wants restrictions lifted

Corey Larocque, Ottawa Sun, 6 July 2015

An Ottawa man who claims [sic] to be stateless because Canada wants to deport him and India won’t take him, wants the feds to lift restrictions imposed on his movements.

“I can’t go nowhere, so why should I have these conditions indefinitely,” Deepan Budlakoti said in an interview.

He’ll make his case at an Immigration and Refugee Board hearing next Monday.

Budlakoti says he’s “stateless” because Canada won’t give him citizenship — despite the fact he was born here.

The government wants to deport him to India — the birthplace of his parents, but a country he’s never lived in and a country that says it won’t take him.

“There’s no case like this,” Budlakoti said.

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Deepan Budlakoti vows to continue legal fight for Canadian citizenship

Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

Michael Woods, Metro News, 9 June 2015

A man who says the Canadian government has rendered him stateless is vowing to take his legal fight to the country’s top court after the Federal Court of Appeal rejected his bid to be declared a Canadian citizen.

Deepan Budlakoti, 25, was born in Ottawa to Indian parents. Four years ago, at age 21, he was suddenly told that he’s not a Canadian citizen, despite being issued a Canadian birth certificate and passport. He was ordered out of Canada due to drug and firearms convictions.

He had asked that his citizenship be reinstated and argued that the government is infringing on his charter right to life, liberty and security of the person. The Federal Court ruled against him, and the Federal Court of Appeal upheld the ruling this week.

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‘Stateless’ Man Born in Canada Fights for Citizenship

Rachel Browne, Vice News, 29 May 2015

For the last five years, Deepan Budlakoti has fought to be accepted by the only country he has ever known.

In what is believed to be the only situation of its kind, Budlakoti has tried and failed to get Canadian citizenship, even though he was born in the nation’s capital. Despite the setbacks, he took his case to the Federal Court of Appeal this week, on the hope that, finally, his identity will be recognized.

Budlakoti was born in Ottawa in October of 1989 to parents who arrived from India four years earlier to work for the Indian High Commission.

Everything looked good on paper: he was issued a birth certificate and a Canadian passport. As far as he and his family were concerned, there was no doubt that he was a Canadian citizen, just like everyone else born in Canada.

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