By Hugh Adami, Ottawa Citizen May 31, 2013
Lamees Abdalmajid, who is the daughter of Mohammed Abdalmajid. He was deported last Jan. She really misses her dad. She’s almost three and won’t see him for father’s day.
OTTAWA — A really stupid thing happened on Jan. 11, the day after The Public Citizen recounted the story of Mohammed Abdalmajid, a husband and father who was deported last October to the West Bank.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada sent Abdalmajid a letter, through his Ottawa immigration lawyer, requesting he appear for an interview on Jan. 25 regarding his wife’s application to sponsor him as a permanent resident. Saly Rasheed submitted the application early last summer after Immigration rejected her husband’s claim for refugee status.
Immigration should have used someone’s brain and saved Canadian taxpayers the postage. With Abdalmajid already deported, the application, which couldn’t be found when it was really needed, meant nothing. Even if he had tried, he would not have been allowed into Canada for the interview.read more