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Families are afraid of their lives as deportation from Canada is imminent

The basement condo in the center of Edmonton, where Luis Uband Norasco and his family carefully rebuilt their homes and lives, is empty.

His father, wife Cynthia Karasko Campos and two young daughters will be deported to Mexico on Monday. A family member who fled to Canada in 2018 following the murder of a member of the family and ongoing intimidation was denied refugee status by the federal government. 

In preparation for deportation, the family sold a lot of furniture. In the living room, the TV is on the floor and the family has cushions to sit on. The wall above where the sofa used to be is still full of children's artwork and paintings.

The two girls are about to finish their year in elementary school. As they enjoy year-end parties and excursions, their parents are desperately trying to delay or stop their return to Mexico.

Ubando Nolasco even tried to persuade the authorities to send him back alone first. 

"If they can just stay, I'll be back. I can go," he told CBC News last week. "Give me an example. If you want to see someone killed, I could go back and be killed." 

The family's Edmonton apartment has small pieces of furniture left while preparing for deportation. (Peter Evans / CBC)

The father wept and shared his fears of what would happen if the children were found back in Mexico. Already killed his brother and still actively looking for him.

"They will take my daughter, dismantle them, and show me how they did it," Uband Norasco said. Said. "That's what I don't want to happen." 

On June 5, 2018, Ubando Nolasco's brother José Ubando Alvarez was filed as part of a family proceeding in the Commonwealth. According to court documents, someone called him and said he was asking for money. Ubando Nolasco thought his brother was probably targeted because he gave the impression that the social media photos he posted were wealthy. 

Ubando Nolasco said his brother laughed at the threat and sent a mockery reply to unknown sources. 

Two days later, on June 7, 2018, Ubando Alvarez was killed. He was shot many times and police began an unsolved murder investigation. According to the 

document, Uband Norasco says at his brother's funeral that someone would come behind him, push something against his back and give him money or he would die. Provided proof that it was. He couldn't know who it was, but he soon began to receive threatening texts and phone calls requesting money. 

Anyone who was threatening Uband Norasco began to include details about Karasco Campos and his two daughters. They knew where the girl would go to school.

The family hid in Mexico before fleeing to Canada on a direct flight on July 11, 2018. Upon arriving in Vancouver, he received refugee protection.

There were no arrests related to the death of the brothers. Relatives and friends who contacted the police for more information have been repelled by the police. 

A relative began receiving a threatening message asking for the whereabouts of Uband Norasco. CBC News has viewed translated versions of these text messages provided as part of a family refugee claim. 

The family arrived in Edmonton and did their best to settle down in the situation.

The girls entered school, and after a six-month waiting period, the two parents were granted a temporary work permit and got a job. They had to renew their permits every year, but they are still working even if the deportation date is just a few days away.

Refugee status refusal

On September 15, 2019, three committees from the Federal Refugee Protection Division heard claims to protect families as refugees. For written reasons in the decision, the panel found that while the threats faced by the family were credible, they could evacuate elsewhere in Mexico.

A panel called the Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) has proposed areas of the country's safer regions where parents can find jobs. 

The family claimed that Mexico has a public list of school students so that criminal groups can track schools wherever they are.

However, the Panel has determined that the family's belief that anyone who creates the threat will be able to find them is "speculative." The identity of the criminals and the amount they are looking for are unknown. Is unknown, and the only motivation seems to be the debt allegedly owed to the criminal by the brothers.

The family has appealed the decision. However, in the February 2020 decision, members of the Refugee Appeals Division upheld the panel's decision.

"The presence of IFAs is fatal to refugee claims. If claimants can find security from persecution by fleeing in their own country, they are not eligible for Canadian agency protection. "The members who rejected them wrote and complained. 

A family of four fled Mexico after their relatives were shot dead and began receiving threatening money demands. I did. (Submitted by Luis Ubando Nolasco)

In their proceedings, it is "objective" to know the abilities and motivations of those who threaten without knowing them. Is impossible. " Identity. 

In a written decision, members who heard the appeal agreed, but under Canadian law, the appellant is responsible for showing why the IFA is not a viable shelter for them. I found it in. And that test was not met in this case. 

The family asked for a judicial review of the appeal decision, which was rejected last September. Their lawyer states that they were notified in February.

As a final ditches effort, the family applied for a humane and compassionate vacation to stay in Canada in April, during which time they must return to Mexico. Currently listed processing times are or more in a year.

The family has run out of almost all options.

Knowing what was happening, with the help of their intervening neighbors, they sought help from a refugee support group with the Edmonton Center MP and the staff of the Federal Tourism Minister Randy Boysaunow. I met.

"We are actively investigating their case and are in contact with our IRCC colleagues," Boissonnault said in a statement in by email.

Public Campaign

Migrante Canada and its Alberta branch are involved in family advocacy. 

"Public campaigns are the only thing we know we can turn this around. Tell people what's there and tell our political leaders. Putting public pressure-that's what we want to turn this around. " 

Migrante Alberta is in the midst of a campaign to prevent another family from being forced to leave Canada: undocumented single mother, 6 years old A Canadian daughter with health problems has been deported to the Philippines.

Although not certain, Mr. Truscott said organizations have heard that the number of people suddenly given deportation dates in June and July is increasing. ..

She said she was confused by the federal government's expansion of the temporary foreign workers program while eliminating people .

"Basically, we're removing them while opening the door to a new set of workers with the same kind of temporary permit," she said. "Why don't you keep what's here? They proved to belong to Canadian society."

Ubando Nolasco and Cinthya Carrasco Campos from Edmonton's house. Little decoration remains while the family prepares for deportation, but children's art and paintings decorate the walls. (Submitted by Luis Ubando Nolasco)

Due to privacy law, Canadian immigrants, refugees and citizenship cannot comment on a particular case without written consent.

He said that all eligible asylum applications receive an independent and impartial assessment of their application through the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Commission. Applications are available for humane and compassionate reasons for those who are not normally eligible for permanent residence in a regular program or who have exhausted all other options.

"Every individual facing a dismissal has the right to due process, but if all means of appeal are exhausted, he will be dismissed from Canada in accordance with Canadian law," Larivière said. Says.

Minister Sean Fraser is obliged to build on an existing pilot program to explore ways to normalize the status of undocumented workers, which the IRCC is required to do. I look forward to continuing my work.

In search of peace

Ubando Nolasco's If the family returns to Mexico, they will have to hide and seek refugee status in another country. .. Discovered in Canada — a normal life where daughters are safe. 

"We came here for safety, but we are not here," he said. 

He recognizes that the government is in a difficult position with many people trying to stay in Canada.

He doesn't want any special treatment, but he wants people to understand the dangers his family faces. So he and his wife decided to share their identity, even though they were afraid of what it meant to go public and return to Mexico. 

"This is to give my daughters the opportunity to live in peace," he said. "They are worth every second of the effort I can make."