Two Nigerian Students Face Deportation At A Canadian University

Date: 22-09-2012 3:37 pm (9 years ago) | Author: kahamde
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- at 22-09-2012 03:37 PM (9 years ago)
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Two Nigerian Students Face Deportation At A Canadian University.

Univ. of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, students, Victoria Ordu and Ihuoma Amadi, face deportation to Nigeria for working at WalMart for two weeks



Sitting inside a church, University of Regina students Victoria Ordu and Ihuoma Amadi start as a prairie wind rattles the front door.

Ordu glances over, eyes wary, before flicking toward the window at the back of the church she now calls home.

Sunshine streams through the glass, but that's the only taste of the outside world the two girls have been able to get since June 19, when they opted to seek sanctuary in the church.

The fear of being found by the Canada Border Services Agency and deported back home to Nigeria hangs over their heads - all because they worked for two weeks at Walmart.

They have spent each day hoping Canadian Federal Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney - the only one who can change their fate - will grant them pardon.

The daily stress of it has, they say, been "hell."

U of R President Vianne Timmons has visited them at the church and the school has contacted the federal government, throwing its support behind the students' plea to stay in Canada and complete their education.

Amadi and Ordu have also written letters to Kenney, but no one has had a response.

And so, they wait.

"This is a small mistake we made, and now everything is at risk," Ordu says, clasping her shaking hands in her lap.

"It doesn't make any sense. They're looking for us like we've killed someone. We're just students at university ... but it's like we're running away and living in fear every day."

As part of their visas, international students like Ordu - who is studying theatre arts - and Amadi - international studies - are able to work on campus.

Both in Canada on full scholarships paid for by their government, Ordu and Amadi went to Service Canada and got their Social Insurance Numbers when they arrived in 2010, ending up working at the university.

Last year, Amadi found a parttime job at Walmart and Ordu at an agency that does demonstrations at the store.

Both were under the misapprehension their SINs allowed them to work outside U of R. Ordu quit after two weeks, as soon as she found out that wasn't the case.

Amadi discovered her mistake during her second week on the job - and was led away from her till in handcuffs by two CBSA agents.

"They led me through the store, in front of everyone, and all the customers were looking at me like 'What have you done?'" she recalls, looking at the floor.

"I just felt so embarrassed."

Kay Adebogun is a Regina immigration consultant who has taken on their case pro bono.

"Why go to that level of force?" he says.

"Why parade her out of there like she's a criminal?"

Barb Pollock, U of R spokeswoman, says while the school respects the fact laws have to be upheld, it is trying to advocate for a reconsideration of the girls' case.

"We think that the penalty, perhaps, is a bit severe for the crime," she says.

"Albeit that laws have been contravened, in light of what they have done to contravene the law, we would like them to have an opportunity to complete their education with us ... (and) we think it is a harsh penalty to be deported."

Pollock says the university has written to Kenney but is yet to receive an indication when it might receive a decision from the minister.

Both students say they admitted their mistake right away, but think the CBSA's decision to deport them - which went to an admissibility hearing - is an over-reaction.

"It's a huge deal to finish school, come back (to Nigeria) and help the country," Amadi says.

"Now to think we lose three years of our lives because of a small mistake? If there was a fine, a warning, that would be more reasonable. I just wish they could look at this from a human point of view."

Pollock agrees the case demonstrates how important it is for international students to understand Canadian laws.

"We have to make sure our students really understand what it means to come here and go to school - what the opportunities are and, at the same time, what the limits are," she says.

"The fact something may not have been clear, you can be assured we're making that very clear with our incoming students now."

Adebogun would like to see a reversal in the decision to deport Ordu and Amadi, but he also thinks there are bigger issues at play with how the two were treated.

Of particular concern, he says, is the fact both students were asked by CBSA workers for names of other Nigerian students who were working and even if they knew anybody in a gang.

"They agree they did something wrong, but they should have a second chance," Adebogun says.

CBSA could not provide a comment on Tuesday but is expected to provide information on the case today.


Posted: at 22-09-2012 03:37 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
- angel4u at 22-09-2012 04:28 PM (9 years ago)
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hmmmmmmmmmmmm
Posted: at 22-09-2012 04:28 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- angel4u at 22-09-2012 04:54 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: angel4u on 22-09-2012 04:28 PM
hmmmmmmmmmmmm


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Posted: at 22-09-2012 04:54 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- cutelizzy at 22-09-2012 05:09 PM (9 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked
Posted: at 22-09-2012 05:09 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- orjiwolo at 22-09-2012 07:37 PM (9 years ago)
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Thats the law for you... you are only fortunate if you are not caught
Posted: at 22-09-2012 07:37 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Aquarium at 22-09-2012 07:48 PM (9 years ago)
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Eya! Thats the law but it is gonna be well my sisters.

Posted: at 22-09-2012 07:48 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- jamesbondchick at 22-09-2012 08:02 PM (9 years ago)
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Hmmm it is well

Posted: at 22-09-2012 08:02 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- aso4life1 at 22-09-2012 08:04 PM (9 years ago)
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Canada still good na,if na chinko government catches foreign students working...o boy,na 10 days to leave be that  na except God intervene.
Our naija leaders really disappointed us cos dem don dabaru everything back home...May God see you through this,  girls(amen)

Posted: at 22-09-2012 08:04 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- mickky21 at 22-09-2012 08:14 PM (9 years ago)
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make dem allow these  girls complete their studies........which kind law b tht. dem b God? even God himself d 4giv.
Posted: at 22-09-2012 08:14 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- princyboy at 22-09-2012 08:30 PM (9 years ago)
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Hhhhmmmm!!
Posted: at 22-09-2012 08:30 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- omegachinedu at 22-09-2012 08:41 PM (9 years ago)
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I only blame nigeria govt,not to provide good provsion for citizen,God will see you people through, Angry Sad
Posted: at 22-09-2012 08:41 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- neloceleb at 22-09-2012 09:32 PM (9 years ago)
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Eiyah..sorry girls..
Posted: at 22-09-2012 09:32 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- PidginMOUTH at 22-09-2012 10:02 PM (9 years ago)
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Oyinbo honeypot sweet die
Posted: at 22-09-2012 10:02 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- papadip at 22-09-2012 11:04 PM (9 years ago)
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Hopefully they will be given a second chance. Foreign students can work in Canada with permit only; they may have received bad advice from the beginning.  I sympathize with them they are just too young. Race must be a factor given the fact one was arrested at work. Nigerians can be citizens of other countries but let me say this; you are not fully wanted and appreciated. In the neighboring province of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro just signed a $23-million deal with Nigeria last July now these two students will just be deported like that? This is a living hell for the two young girls. The Nigeria High Commission should wade in this case but they won't given the record of Nigerian diplomats globally. It easier for them (Western World) to make billions of dollars from us but it is tough for Nigerians to work for peanuts or chicken feed in their backyard. The more reason Nigeria being the largest exporter of money in the world should stop doing so and take care of their own. The president of the university in conjunction with the parishioners will help. I wish them the very best and good luck.

I would also like to bring to the attention of everyone that this is a decent post by a decent poster meaning ethnicity was not identified as to other posts. Interestingly the consultant helping out free of charge should be commended he is from a different tribe at least by the name. I hope this will change the mentality of racists on this website that would insult members given their ethnic saying i.e. ”you have a small brain” and other tribal slurs for no good reason. This is a testament that we’re all Nigerians and we’ve have to be of help to each other. Tribalism is evil.
Posted: at 22-09-2012 11:04 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- mallorca at 22-09-2012 11:15 PM (9 years ago)
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nawa o

Posted: at 22-09-2012 11:15 PM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- deboalabi262 at 23-09-2012 02:38 AM (9 years ago)
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Gos would see you through   -Amen...

Posted: at 23-09-2012 02:38 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- aso4life1 at 23-09-2012 03:29 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: papadip on 22-09-2012 11:04 PM
Hopefully they will be given a second chance. Foreign students can work in Canada with permit only; they may have received bad advice from the beginning.  I sympathize with them they are just too young. Race must be a factor given the fact one was arrested at work. Nigerians can be citizens of other countries but let me say this; you are not fully wanted and appreciated. In the neighboring province of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro just signed a $23-million deal with Nigeria last July now these two students will just be deported like that? This is a living hell for the two young girls. The Nigeria High Commission should wade in this case but they won't given the record of Nigerian diplomats globally. It easier for them (Western World) to make billions of dollars from us but it is tough for Nigerians to work for peanuts or chicken feed in their backyard. The more reason Nigeria being the largest exporter of money in the world should stop doing so and take care of their own. The president of the university in conjunction with the parishioners will help. I wish them the very best and good luck.

I would also like to bring to the attention of everyone that this is a decent post by a decent poster meaning ethnicity was not identified as to other posts. Interestingly the consultant helping out free of charge should be commended he is from a different tribe at least by the name. I hope this will change the mentality of racists on this website that would insult members given their ethnic saying i.e. ”you have a small brain” and other tribal slurs for no good reason. This is a testament that we’re all Nigerians and we’ve have to be of help to each other. Tribalism is evil.

Good talk.

Posted: at 23-09-2012 03:29 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- aso4life1 at 23-09-2012 03:31 AM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: PidginMOUTH on 22-09-2012 10:02 PM
Oyinbo t*t* sweet die
we dey talk better issue ,you dey talk to-to, na wetin dey do you Mr. newbie?

Posted: at 23-09-2012 03:31 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- deguzman at 23-09-2012 04:15 AM (9 years ago)
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 Sad
Posted: at 23-09-2012 04:15 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Nicksam at 23-09-2012 07:18 AM (9 years ago)
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SORRY LIFE GOES ON THAT IS NOT THE END OF LIFE
Posted: at 23-09-2012 07:18 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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