Ahead of the proposed changes to Canada’s citizenship rules, the federal Immigration Minister is refusing to comment on the case of the man who came to Canada as an infant, and was deported 59 years later because of his criminal record.
“I’m not at liberty to comment on specific cases but what I can assure you is that anyone who is subject to removal has a lot of avenues for appeal procedures and they do exercise those rights,” says Ahmed Hussen.
Len Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands despite having virtually no ties to that country.
Among the proposed changes to Canada’s citizenship rules is to allow children to apply for citizenship, without their parents.
But is it too late for Len Van Heest, who Hussen indicated exhausted all his rights?
That was a question the minister did not want to answer.
Hussen refuses to answer question on whether Bill C6 would reverse deportation situ similar to 59yo bipolar man deported to Netherlands.
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“Once those rights are exhausted, usually they have to obey our laws and remove themselves from the country.”
Hussen says anyone in Van Heest’s position has to go through the process.
“Anyone who is subject to removal proceedings has a lot of due process, lot of access to appeal procedures and so on, and when they exhaust those appeal procedures we also have to follow the law and remove themselves from Canada.”
Meanwhile the federal government is moving ahead on Bill C-6, among its changes reversing the laws saying that people can’t lose their citizenship in cases of so-called treason or terrorism.