Category Archives: Statements by Deepan

I was born in Canada but my Canadian citizenship has been stripped away

deepan_passportDeepan Budlakoti, Rabble.ca, 2 May 2014

My name is Deepan Budlakoti, and I have been stripped of my Canadian passport.

I was born in Canada at Grace Hospital in Ottawa, which is now closed. I have an Ontario birth certificate. I held a Canadian passport and before that, I was on my mother’s Canadian passport for five years. In my passport it says that my nationality is Canadian, the same is true of my younger brother.

The government now says it gave me a Canadian passport in error. I don’t know how they can say that since it is stated in the Passport Act that only a person who is Canadian can be issued a passport. Each passport goes through several different departments before it is signed and issued. There is nothing in the the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or Canadian Passport Order that says the government can take away a passport issued in error. In fact, nowhere in the Order does it say that they can take away a passport in my situation.

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Deepan Speaks: Prisoners’ Justice Day 2013

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Deepan with members of his support committee, 10 Aug 2013

Here is the text Deepan delivered on Prisoner Justice Day, 10 August 2013 in Ottawa.

Hello my name is deepan budlakoti and i will be talking to you today about my
provincial and federal time and immigration hold time.

I got charged for transfer of firearm and break and enter in 2010 i was held at ottawa carleton detention centre for 1 year before i was sentence to 3 and a half years.

In ottawa carleton detention centre OCDC you are locked up for 21 hours a day in a pod where the TV is in the corner which some cells can’t even see and you go on lock down quite often since you are out for only three hours a day and there are 32 guys in a range and there is 4 phones and two showers. We get yard every other day if you are lucky sometimes you don’t get yard for a week. I personally hate ottawa carleton detention centre they treat you like you are a dog in my opinion.

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Personal Statement

P1000986 headDeepan Budlakoti, June 2013

I was born in Canada at Grace Hospital in Ottawa, which is now closed.

I have an Ontario birth certificate. I held a Canadian passport and before that, I was on my mom’s Canadian passport for five years. In my passport it says that my nationality is Canadian.

The government now says it gave me a Canadian passport in error. I don’t know how they can say that since it is stated in the Passport Act that only a person who is Canadian can be issued a passport and at the same time it goes through three different departments before it is signed off and issued. There is nothing in the the immigration or passport act that says they can take away a passport issued in error. In fact, nowhere in the passport act does it say that they can take away my passport in my sitution.

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