Hussen faces tough situation

Having been released from a prison sentence 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””

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

3 thoughts on “Hussen faces tough situation”

  1. Politics on the ground. Mr Hussen is climbing the political ladder and has no time for his constituents. Brush off those you promise to help, but turn up for all the photo opportunities.

    Sounds familiar. Shame on you, Mr Hussen.

  2. He committed serious crimes…seems he behaviour was rather brutal, actually.

    I believe there would be a huge outcry from Canadians if he is allowed to stay, and that Hussen, after studying the case, has seen no good reason to get involved. Helping this young man could destroy his career, especially if Abdoul commits ANY crime subsequently.

    The complication however, is that he was ‘brought up’ in Canada, within the Canadian system, so his actions are attributable to his experience here. What went wrong in Canada? Can he be rehabilitated? How can we send him ‘back’ to somewhere that he has never really known? What is Canada’s priority/legal obligation?

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