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Rassemblement et audience pour homme menacé de déportation, Deepan Budlakoti

CKUT 90.3FM, 20 July 2015

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Le 13 juillet, un rassemblement et audience a eu lieu devant la Commission de l’immigration et du statut de réfugié du Canada pour Deepan Budlakoti, un jeune homme apatride né à Ottawa de parents Indiens qui travaillaient au haut-commissariat de l’Inde à Ottawa. Il y a quatre ans, après avoir été condamné pour trafic d’armes et de drogues,  le gouvernment Canadien a retiré la résidence permanente de Deepan, sous le prétexte qu’un individu né de parents avec des passeports diplomatiques, selon la loi, ne reçoit pas automatiquement sa citoyenneté. Selon Deepan, ces parents ne travaillaient plus pour l’Inde lorsqu’il est né.

Malgré n’avoir j’amais vécu en Inde, il risque se faire déporter en Inde par le gouvernement Canadien. Deepan refuse sa déportation et l’Inde refuse de lui donner une citoyenneté. Il se trouve alors dans une situation précaire, étant présentement un citoyen d’aucun pays.

Emma Noradounkian, membre du collectif d’actualités de CKUT, a discuté avec le porte-parole francophone de Deepan, Daniel Cayley-Daoust,  pour en apprendre plus sur la situation présente de Deepan et sur le rassemblement.

Supreme Court hears case of Ottawa-born man facing deportation

Alison Sandor, CFRA 580 News Talk Radio, 26 May 2015

The fate of an Ottawa-born man who is facing deportation now lies in the hands of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Deepan Budlakoti, whose passport was revoked in 2010 after convictions for drugs and firearms offences, is asking the court to reinstate his citizenship.

At issue is whether Budlakoti’s parents were employed by the Indian High Commission at the time of his birth. If they were diplomats, it would mean he should have never received Canadian citizenship.

Budlakoti contends his parents had quit working for the High Commission months before his birth and that he’s never lived anywhere else.

“Going through this process for five years puts a tremendous strain on myself,” he said. “I don’t have health care. I’m not able to work, then I have to fight to get a work permit … My rights have been violated on a daily basis.”

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Ottawa-born man facing deportation says OHIP coverage has been revoked

CFRA, 26 November 2014, Alison Sandor

There’s a new hurdle in the case of an Ottawa-born and raised man who is facing deportation.

Deepan Budlakoti said he is now being denied OHIP coverage, even though he has an Ontario birth certificate and had been issued a Canadian passport in 2003.

Budlakoti’s parents were working at the Indian High Commission around the time of his birth. He said they had stopped working for the High Commission prior to his birth.

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Immigration Reform Allows Canada to Strip Citizenship

Deepan Budlakoti at MP Pierre Poilievre's office in August 2013 to request a meeting. (Photo courtesy of the "Justice for Deepan" collective)Free Speech Radio News, October 1, 2014

A new law in Canada makes it possible for Canadian authorities to strip citizenship as a result of criminal activity. The first such case, in which a Canadian born-man’s citizenship is in question, is currently in court and may set an important legal precedent. Erin Hudson has the details from Toronto.

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The Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act – also known as Bill C-24 – became law in June amid widespread criticism from Canadian civil rights organizations. Supporters of the legislation say it streamlines the naturalization process and will greatly reduce the backlog of pending cases. Critics point out it gives the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration discretionary power to strip citizenship from Canadians convicted of certain criminal offenses.

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