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Bangladeshi Man Fighting Deportation to the United States and Bangladesh

Write to Jason Kenney and Peter Van Loan!

Iftekar Rana has been a Canadian resident for five years, he has been an excellent student and presently works full time as a restaurant manager.

He faces severe risk of physical harm if he is deported to the United States, where he would face prolonged detention and then removal to Bangladesh. As a political organizer in Bangladesh, Mr Rana fled the country in 2005 coming to Canada via the United States. His family members have faced financial extortion in the recent past.

Iftekar Rana's refugee claim and claims that his life would be in danger in Bangladesh have been denied by Immigration authorities. The stay motion is this Monday – December 8, 2008. If stayed, the review is on December 18, 2008.

Please read the attached letter and email and
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All power to the people! Status for All!
Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 1L1

Peter Van Loan
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6


Honorable Ministers!

Re: Stop Iftekar Rana's deportation and grant a temporary resident visa.

Mr. Rana has been a Canadian resident since 2003, first as a student and
then as a refugee claimant. During his stay, he has been a conscientious
worker, paid taxes and excelled as a restaurant manager.

Though Mr. Rana has significant study and work experience, leading his
employer to open a restaurant just for him, his loss of status means he
cannot apply under the Canadian Experience Class or as a skilled worker
without first being removed to the United States and then to Bangladesh.

Mr. Rana's family has already been threatened by political goons and faced
financial extortion. His forced removal to Bangladesh would severely
jeopardize his safety.

I am writing to ask that you immediately stay his upcoming deportation and
grant him a temporary resident visa so that he is able to apply for
Permanent Status from inside Canada. I also ask that he be granted full
citizenship rights as soon as possible.

Your immediate response on this matter is appreciated.


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