This has been a long awaited step and it is finally here.
On April 22, Immigration Canada formally issued Widlene a letter of refusal for her Visa application, thus denying her entry into Canada. The answer came only after several Liberal MPs confronted Ahmed Hussen about his inhumane treatment of this file, and of Widlene's situation specifically. Some may remember when I confronted Hussen at one of his events on February 24, 2018. With the CityNews cameras rolling, Hussen stated clearly that emergency files like this one should receive an answer within 20-30 days and that any longer "would be unreasonable." Apparently, Minister Hussen confused 30 days with 16 months, and here we are.
The refusal letter itself ought to be admitted into some comedy archive somewhere or, at least, featured on a couple of the Late Night TV shows. Remember, this letter is a formal refusal from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada to inform a client that they are being denied entry to the country on a Government of Canada letterhead. This is meant to be a pretty official document.
In the 13 page document, our legal team has found 22 errors in law and/or in fact.
Over the next little while, I will be posting excerpts from this ridiculous piece of fiction, but for now, we have a job to do. We have filed an official appeal in Federal Court.
This next bit is likely to be one of the most important paragraphs that you will ever read on this Campaign:
There are literally tens of thousands of children that either are stuck or have been stuck in IRCC adoption limbo. This department of the Canadian government has become so bias against adoptive families that it has become common practice to arbitrarily deny applications just to discourage families from pursuing adoptions.
"The Minister [Ahmed Hussen] doesn't like the optics of white families rescuing black children." - Ali Salam (former chief of staff to Ahmed Hussen)
According to several lawyers who have reviewed this case, a win for Widlene has an extremely high potential to become precedent setting. One immigration lawyer said that "this is the first case in decades that has the potential to fix a broken system." We knew that Widlene Earle would become the voice to so many other children but we didn't know that this had the potential to change adoption law.
Here is the bottom line...
We are willing to take on the Hussen, his staff and all of the other corrupt people that are abusing their power, and thus abusing children who are just seeking as better life. There is no way that we can fund this alone. This campaign has killed us financially and this appeal is another giant expense that we have to shoulder.
We often talk about influencing change or being a part of the solution. We get on social media and argue about politics or complain about a broken system. This is an opportunity to participate in changing something substantial.
We are not guaranteed a win. We are not guaranteed that this will become law. We are guaranteed that they want us to withdraw our claim and are doing everything to achieve this.
We are also guaranteed that, if we don't try, we cannot fix the problem.
In the middle of it all, there is a sweet 13 year old girl that just wants to live a normal life with her whole family in safety where she can enjoy basic human rights. We can make that happen.