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STOP U OF R DEPORTATIONS

Posted by strattof on November 17, 2012

F A C T   S H E E T

  • Victoria Ordu and Ihuoma Amadi are University of Regina students from Nigeria. They are currently subject to Canada-wide warrants for their deportation. 
  • In the summer of 2011, they made an honest mistake. Unknowingly overstepping the limits of their student visas, they worked off campus at Walmart for two weeks.
  • On June 19th 2012, they took sanctuary in a Regina church to avoid deportation. They have been living in the church for the past 150 days.    
  • Walmart also broke the law when it employed the two students. However, there are no indications that Walmart is going to be penalized.
  • Victoria and Ihuoma were properly registered U of R students from 2009 – 2012, up to the point of their deportation order. Both are in their 3rd year of study and hence nearing the completion of their courses.
  • Border security officers have the option of imposing a fine on students who violate the terms of a student visa by working off campus. They can also just give a warning.  

T A K E   A C T I O N

Deportation is a very harsh punishment for a minor infraction. It is not consistent with our democratic values and traditions.

  • Contact Minister Kenney and Minister Toews and ask them to intervene in the deportation case against Victoria Ordu and Ihuoma Amadi.   Jason Kenney: 613-992-2235 or jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca     Vic Toews: 613-992-3128 or vic.toews@parl.gc.ca
  • Tweet your own #honestmistake @KenneyJason and @ToewsVic and tell them to #stopURdeportations. 
  • Phone the Walmart in Regina where the two students worked and ask its management to come out in support of Victoria Ordu and Ihuoma Amadi: 584-0061.
  • Send a message to Walmart’s Canadian head office: Go to http://www.walmart.ca/en; scroll down to the bottom right hand corner and click on “Contact Us”; select the first option “Walmart.ca online.”
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