A Chilean man who arrived in Montreal four years ago has been ordered out of the country.
He has now gone into hiding, and is unable to take care of his mother, who is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease.
Hector Reyes-Hidalgo is the only person capable of caring for his sick mother Julia.
When she became ill a year-and-a-half ago, he was able to care for her, help to carry out chores, even help her use the washroom.
He was due to be deported on Saturday, but went into hiding instead.
Mostafa Henaway from the Immigrant Workers Centre has been helping the family.
He says the entire situation is unfair.
"Hector and Julia are being forced to be separated because of technicalities, bureaucratic issues, people being on holiday, and it's really just a nightmare," he says. "A person with Lou Gehrig's disease can degenerate really rapidly, and it is terminal."
He says both the federal and provincial governments should reconsider the deportation order on humanitarian grounds.