Mother, daugh­ter given re­prieve

Regina Leader-Post - - Front Page - JA­SON WAR­ICK

SASKA­TOON — Eniko Reka Kincses and her dis­abled daugh­ter, Boglarka, can stop pack­ing their suit­cases af­ter a de­por­ta­tion or­der against them was lifted.

“I’m really happy. I can’t

“I’M REALLY HAPPY. I CAN’T EX­PLAIN IT IN

WORDS.”

ENIKO REKA KINCSES

ex­plain it in words,” Kincses said Tues­day morn­ing af­ter hear­ing the news.

“The Cana­dian peo­ple are really good peo­ple.”

Later Tues­day, an of­fi­cial with Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion Canada (CIC) said the Kincses fam­ily will also be granted a tem­po­rary res­i­dence per­mit while their sit­u­a­tion is re­viewed. Kincses will be able to re­sume work as a care home worker and pos­si­ble op­er­a­tor. At any point, the fam­ily could be granted per­ma­nent res­i­dent sta­tus, one step closer to Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship.

Kincses and Boglarka were due for de­por­ta­tion from Saska­toon to their home coun­try of Ro­ma­nia on Wed­nes­day at 5 a.m.

Just min­utes be­fore a fi­nal ap­peal to the Fed­eral Court on Tues­day morn­ing, their lawyer, Haidah Amirzadeh, was in­formed the hear­ing would not be nec­es­sary. CIC had lifted the de­por­ta­tion or­der.

Kincses planned to cel­e­brate Tues­day, but not be­fore re­turn­ing dozens of mes­sages she re­ceived this week.

“I will call ev­ery­one I heard from dur­ing this heart­break pe­riod.”

Kincses also thanked the 220 peo­ple who signed a pe­ti­tion and dozens who of­fered help this week, var­i­ous government of­fi­cials and Amirzadeh. Kincses said Amirzadeh kept telling her to be pos­i­tive and not de­spair.

Amirzadeh also thanked sup­port­ers and the fed­eral government for re­con­sid­er­ing its de­ci­sion. She said she was par­tic­u­larly grate­ful to the pro­vin­cial government. On Mon­day, when news of the case spread, Health Min­is­ter Dustin Dun­can and Econ­omy Min­is­ter Bill Boyd penned a joint let­ter of sup­port for the Kincses fam­ily to fed­eral of­fi­cials.

They said Kincses was a valu­able, skilled worker and as­sured the fed­eral government the province was will­ing to cover Boglarka’s “min­i­mal” health care and so­cial ser­vices needs.

“We’re very pleased there’s been a pos­i­tive out­come,” said Ru­pen Pandya, as­sis­tant deputy min­is­ter in the labour mar­ket devel­op­ment di­vi­sion of the pro­vin­cial Min­istry of Econ­omy.

“We’re really happy for the fam­ily and we’ll move ahead with our fed­eral col­leagues on this.”

Pandya said it’s un­usual in his ex­pe­ri­ence for a de­por­ta­tion or­der to be lifted so close — less than 24 hours — to the dead­line.

“It’s a very rare oc­cur­rence.”

Pandya said the as­sis­tant deputy min­is­ter of CIC called him from Ot­tawa on Tues­day morn­ing, thank­ing him for the pro­vin­cial min­is­ters’ let­ter, say­ing it was help­ful.

CIC spokesman Paul North­cott said the fed­eral government mon­i­tored the sit­u­a­tion closely.

“CIC has been work­ing with the province to find a suit­able res­o­lu­tion to this mat­ter,” North­cott said in an email Tues­day.

“As a re­sult, CIC will be is­su­ing Ms. Kincses a tem­po­rary res­i­dent per­mit. This would al­low CIC suf­fi­cient time to care­fully as­sess her ap­pli­ca­tion for per­ma­nent res­i­dency.”

Con­ser­va­tive MP Brad Trost, whose rid­ing in­cludes the Kincses’ Suther­land-area home, said Tues­day that no mat­ter the re­sult, im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials try to act in a “fair and com­pas­sion­ate” man­ner in all cases.

The Kincses fam­ily, who came to Saska­toon from Ro­ma­nia in 2009 through a pro­vin­cial im­mi­grant nom­i­nee pro­gram, was or­dered to leave Canada be­cause fed­eral of­fi­cials deemed Boglarka to be “med­i­cally in­ad­mis­si­ble” due to her cere­bral palsy. This des­ig­na­tion can be ap­plied if of­fi­cials think an im­mi­grant will con­sume health or so­cial ser­vice re­sources at or above the level of the av­er­age Cana­dian in the next 10 years.

The Saskatchewan government’s let­ter re-af­firmed the province’s “full sup­port” for Kincses and her daugh­ter. Sup­port­ers noted Boglarka re­quires no med­i­ca­tion, has no unique health needs and the fam­ily has not used any so­cial ser­vices in their four years in Saska­toon.

“There was a lot of com­mu­ni­ca­tion back and forth in the province and the fed­eral de­part­ment. We have re­ceived strong sup­port from (Saskatchewan’s) min­is­ter of econ­omy and min­is­ter of health in re­la­tion to this spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tion,” said Amirzadeh.

“We are hop­ing now that they (can) process the per­ma­nent res­i­dence ap­pli­ca­tion.”

Kincses said she is look­ing for­ward to her first good sleep in sev­eral days.

“My plans? I don’t know right now what is go­ing to hap­pen,” Kincses said.

“My dream is to open a care home and have my daugh­ter (there) while I work.”

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