April 24th, 2024

Nigerian family in Montreal facing imminent deportation pleads to stay

By The Canadian Press on March 29, 2024.

Deborah Adegboye (left to right), Quebec Soldaire MNA Guillaume Cliche-Rivard and NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice attend an event as community groups gather outside federal Immigration Minister Marc Miller's Montreal office on Friday, March 29, 2024 to demand a stop to the deportation of Adegboye's family next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Thomas MacDonald

MONTREAL – Community groups gathered outside the federal immigration minister’s office in Montreal this morning to demand a stop to next month’s planned deportation of a local family originally from Nigeria.

Deborah Adegboye says she, her husband and first child were fleeing religious persecution in their home country when they entered Canada as asylum-seekers via the now-shuttered Roxham Road crossing in 2017.

Adegboye now works as an orderly, travelling between the homes of patients with disabilities offering assistance with basic tasks.

Guillaume Cliche-Rivard, a member of Quebec’s national assembly who was present at the demonstration outside Marc Miller’s office, said it is unconscionable that Canada would expel an essential worker during a labour shortage in the health care sector.

Adegboye said she sees the deportation order from federal immigration officials as a death sentence for her family, which now includes two more children who were born in Canada.

She issued a plea for Canada to reverse the deportation so she can continue to build a life for her children and care for her patients.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 29, 2024.

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