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Emergency hearing into Abdoul Abdi deportation case set for this morning

Emergency hearing into Abdoul Abdi deportation case set for this morning
From CBC - February 15, 2018

An emergency hearing to determine whether deportation proceedings should be halted against a former child refugee from Somalia is expected to begin this morning in a Halifax courtroom.

The request follows the refusal by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodaleto pause a deportation hearing scheduled for next monthwhile the Federal Court hears a constitutional challenge to the decision to deport24-year-oldAbdoulAbdi.

"Mr.Abdiis extremely stressed at this point. He is busy starting a new job that he just began," said Abdi's lawyer, BenjaminPerryman.

"So he's trying to focus on that but of course around the corner lurks the government of Canada, which is trying to place him in this place of legal limbo while his court case unfolds."

Abdicame to Nova Scotia with his aunts and sister when he was six years old. He spent his childhood bouncing between 31 different group and foster homes.

Nova Scotia's Department of Community Services was responsible for applying forAbdi'scitizenship on his behalf, but did not.

The federal government now wants to sendAbdiback to Somalia because of his criminal history and because he's not aCanadian citizen.

He was released from prison in January after serving four and a half years on charges including aggravated assault.

Abdi, who is currently on statutory release and living in a halfway house in Toronto, will not be at the emergency hearing this morning in Federal Court in Halifax.

Order would strip Abdi of permanent residency

An Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada hearingto determine whether Abdi should be deported is scheduledfor March 7.

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