“Guardian angels” threatened with expulsion | The family will be able to stay in the country

Caregiver Deborah Adegboye and her family, who were threatened with deportation to Nigeria in just a few days, will be able to stay in the country.

“We are so happy and relieved,” said the mother of the family. The Press shortly after receiving the news from his lawyer this Tuesday early in the afternoon.

The family of “guardian angels” has just obtained a temporary residence permit. Their return to Nigeria is canceled.

Last week, The Press reported that patients and friends were mobilizing so that a family of “guardian angels” from Nigeria could remain in the country. Their story moved many Quebecers since a crowdfunding campaign launched at the same time raised more than $15,000.

Without immediate action, the beneficiary attendant, her husband and their three children were to be deported from Canada on April 5.

“Victory for the entire family of Deborah Adegboye, beneficiary attendant from Nigeria, and for her patients from Quebec obviously: they have just obtained a temporary residence permit and their removal is canceled! This follows our mobilization! Congratulations to all ! », rejoiced the deputy for Québec solidaire Guillaume Cliche-Rivard and spokesperson for the second opposition on immigration on the social network X this Tuesday afternoon.

Last Friday, provincial and federal MPs as well as community organizations united their voices to urge the Trudeau government to urgently suspend the dismissal of the beneficiary attendant and her family. They held a press conference in front of the Montreal offices of federal Immigration Minister Marc Miller.

Deborah Adegboye, who provides home care as an attendant hired by the Pierrefonds CLSC, entered Canada via Roxham Road in 2017, with her partner and their first child, with the aim of requesting asylum. His family was fleeing religious threats suffered in Nigeria.

M’s husbandme Adegboye, who is not giving his name for fear of reprisals, is Christian. However, his family disapproves of this religion, urging him instead to become the head priest of a cult. His brother died following a rite of this obscure cult. He was then designated to take over. However, the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) rejected their asylum application in 2020 because it had doubts about the reality of the reported persecution.

“They will never regret having us in the community,” expressed M.me Adegboye, who was also present at the press conference last Friday, referred to the federal authorities.

Her three children, aged 3, 7 and 8, go to daycare and school in French, while she and her husband take French courses.

The office of Minister Marc Miller had not yet reacted at the time of writing.

As for Collectif Bienvenue, a Montreal refugee aid organization, we are delighted for the family of these “guardian angels”. On the other hand, “we continue to be worried about other families who are in similar situations, but whose cases have not been brought to the attention of the general public,” indicates Maryse Poisson, director of social initiatives at Collective.

With Henri Ouellette-Vézina, The Press

reference: www.lapresse.ca

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