I just came home from an important meeting and saw the emails from my blogger friends about the good news regarding little Kevin Yourdkhani and his parents. Looks like they will be coming back here soon:
Updated Mon. Mar. 12 2007 8:22 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
A nine-year-old boy and his Iranian parents held in a Texas detention centre for illegal immigrants are being granted temporary passage to Canada.
Kevin Yourdkhani (a Canadian citizen) and his parents were detained last month by U.S. Customs officials after their flight to Toronto made an unscheduled stop on American soil.
“The minister’s decision was made in the best interests of the child,” said Mike Fraser, a spokesperson for Immigration and Citizenship Minister Diane Finley. “This is a unique situation.”
Citing privacy concerns, Fraser said he couldn’t comment on how soon the family may leave the T. Don Hutto facility outside Austin, Tex., or how long the family will be able to stay in Canada.
Read full CTV article: Detained family given temporary passage to Canada.
Although Diane Finley’s spokesperson Mike Fraser would not comment on when the family will leave Hutto or how long they will be allowed to stay in Canada, it is good to know that at least they will be returning here, hopefully soon. Kevin has suffered more than any young child should suffer.
…And you can bet that little ‘ole moi’ here will keep a vigilant eye on this family’s situation, refugee claim and asylum. Let’s hope that they won’t fall through the cracks of our immigration and refugee system again. With all they’ve been through, this family deserves a chance at a decent life.
My heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful, compassionate bloggers here who unquestioningly came to the assistance of this family when they saw what I was trying to do. Without your tireless, ongoing support, my little voice would have been lost in the wilderness. You deserve kudos! Liberal catnip has been especially hard-working.
Here is another link to little Kevin’s story, this one from the CBC:
Family detained in U.S. granted permit to enter Canada.