To deport, or not
Although I am no more anxious than other law-abiding citizens to have criminals residing in Canada, I have to question why a child who was raised and educated here should be deported to his parents’ country of origin (For Alberta’s ‘Child of the Snow,’ Time Is Running Out – Nov. 20).
Does this imply there are two rules of law, one for immigrants and their offspring, and one for the rest of us? And does this law for immigrants include not only those from Somalia, but also immigrants from Italy, the U.K. or Germany?
It appears Saeed Jama has been duly punished for his criminal behaviour, but now, for questionable behaviour, he is being banished. An older brother has already been deported to Ethiopia. I would like to understand our government’s position concerning this issue, because for now I am left wondering if this is a case of prejudice or racism.
Gail Huxley, Hamilton
I have no sympathy whatsoever for an individual who has lived in Canada for a lengthy period, who had the opportunity to become a Canadian citizen and who is a convicted drug dealer. Such an individual is not worthy of remaining here.
“But he grew up in disadvantaged circumstances!” you may say. “He never had a chance to become a responsible citizen!” Yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah. By the time an individual is 23, he or she has had ample time to prove their character and choose their life path. Saeed Jama should now live up to the consequences of the path that he chose.
James Wooten, Kanata, Ont.
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