Abdoul Abdi, who faces deportation because the province of Nova Scotia didn’t apply for his citizenship while he was a ward, will have to wait a little longer to see if he will have to be forced to leave Canada. Abdi is the son Asha Ali, a York South–Weston woman.
A Halifax judge reserved his decision this week on an emergency stay of deportation. He will rule before March 7, when the Immigration and Refugee Board will consider Abdi’s case.
Abdi was convicted of aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer, and served four and half years in prison. His mother was unable to apply for his citizenship because she lost custody of him; the province of Nova Scotia, which was his legal guardian, did not get him his citizenship.
Abdi had planned to move to York South–Weston to live with his mother when he was released from prison. He is now living in a halfway house in Toronto. His case has received national attention.