Having been released from prison for serious crimes, Abdoul Kadir Abdi, a Somalian-born childhood refugee, faces deportation. Abdi’s adoptive mother and Ahmed Hussen, the man who holds Abdi’s fate in his hands, both have ties to Weston: she lives in the riding, and Hussen is both her MP and the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, and Refugees.
Eighteen years ago, Abdoul Abdi was taken by Nova Scotia’s child services, and he lived in many foster homes—but the province of Nova Scotia did not apply for Abdi’s citizenship. Had they done so, he would not be facing deportation now.
Asha Ali, his aunt (who has been Abdi’s mother since his birth mother died in a refugee camp) says she couldn’t apply. She spoke to Desmond Cole:
I tried! I insist more than three times in a row, but unfortunately I couldn’t succeed because the Department of Community Services, along with Children’s Aid, blocked my way and take me to court and said, “legal guardian of these kids permanently is us, and that’s our job. Asha should not apply [for] their citizenship.”
She says she met with Ahmed Hussen before he was elected, who, she says, told her her he would help. She says she has since been rebuffed:
DESMOND: And what has he done in recent times on this issue for you?
ASHA: Nothing. I tried since the last year going back and forth his office. His secretary and his assistants asked me [for] all the documents in this case. I put them up, I gave them. and then they asked me, “come back.” Tomorrow, next day, he’s not here, he’s in Ottawa. He’s gonna meet you next week. Week after week. And then next thing I know they said, “Ahmed Hussen’s not able to help you for this case—we’re closing the file.”
Abdoul’s sister asked Justin Trudeau about her brother’s deportation. He told her “As far as I know there hasn’t been any final decisions made yet…. I can assure you that our immigration minister, who himself came to this country as a 16-year-old Somali refugee, understands the challenges and the situation that your family is facing right now””