Victoria Ordu and Ihuoma (Favour) Amadi, two Nigerian students who studied at the University of Regina, have been deported after more than a year in hiding for violating their visas.
CBC reports that the two international students were deported on Friday, after a year of evading authorities in the hopes they would be allowed to stay in the country to finish school.
Ordu and Amadi’s offence was taking part-time work at a Wal-Mart to help pay for their tuition (which, by the way, is more than double the rate Canadians pay) without realizing that it was illegal to do so. The women had Social Insurance Numbers and Wal-Mart never asked about their visa restrictions before hiring them. When Ordu discovered the oversight, she quit. Amadi, on the other hand, was led away from her job in handcuffs.
The federal government ordered their deportation, but Ordu and Amadi took refuge in a Regina church in the hopes the authorities would come to their senses and let them finish their educations in Canada, after years of study and thousands of dollars already having gone toward that goal.
Both Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and the opposition NDP supported their bid to stay in Regina, as did the U of R and a number of MPs. Wall suggested “common sense has to prevail” but nothing of the sort was forthcoming from the federal government, which maintained its firm stance in favour of deporting the two students.
This has been a farce from day one. For example, at the time of their arrest they were asked by CBSA agents to snitch on other students who were taking off-campus work (again, probably to pay those meteoric tuition rates we’ve set for international students) and also if they had any connection to criminal gangs.
What’s more, as the government has continued to push for deportation, it has also proposed changing the very rules Ordu and Amadi violated because they clearly don’t make sense. The change is expected to come into effect January 2014, mere months after the deportation.
UPDATE - Asked for comment, a spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney forwarded this statement to the Albatross:
“These individuals, who benefited from multiple avenues of appeal, are being removed from Canada. Our government will not compromise on the integrity of our immigration system.”
[CBC | Leader-Post][image: CBC screengrab]