Mother facing deportation to Mexico without daughters granted stay


A 27-year-old mother who has lived in Montreal since 2005 has been granted a stay after her temporary residency application was approved.

Sheila Sedinger was due in federal court Tuesday for the right to stay in Canada.  She was facing deportation and if sent back to Mexico she wouldn't have been allowed to bring her two Canadian born children with her.

Sedinger applied for permanent residency with her ex-husband's sponsorship but when he was charged with physically assaulting their daughter, he was no longer eligible to sponsor her.

Because he's a refugee, he could stay in the country but Immigration Canada told Sedinger this spring that she had no status and needed to leave by August 30.

Her attorney, Angela Potvin, says because of ongoing custody battles, if she is deported, her six and eight year old daughters can’t leave with her.

"Either they will end up with the ex-husband or they will end up in foster care.  In the custody paper work, there is a question on his fitness to be parenting without supervision,” she said.

Immigration Canada and Canada Border Services Agency could not comment or confirm specifics of the case.

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  1. Gerry posted on 08/25/2014 02:39 PM
    Unbelievable! Canada needs to change their ways! We keep hoodlums, drug dealers, pimps, etc....from other countries but need to deport a woman and separate her from her children. Sad system.
    1. jawnie wocker posted on 08/25/2014 04:42 PM
      @Gerry what a strange country Canada is, screw up a family and pamper the criminal
  2. ric posted on 08/25/2014 07:36 PM
    This is the 3rd example in a couple of weeks where people shouldn't be deported. Why not deport the CRIMINAL refugee husband, seems he's just a stain on our society.
    1. Baxter posted on 08/28/2014 09:22 AM
      @ric Because you can't deport recognized refugees,
  3. Richard posted on 08/25/2014 08:05 PM
    Canada needs to shut its doors to every Tom Dick and Harry that claims refuge status

    If they didn't let him in in the first place we would not be stuck with her
  4. A Confused Canadian, posted on 08/25/2014 08:46 PM
    About this, that or her husband, what about her poor under age KIDS. What a shame.
  5. Kari posted on 08/25/2014 08:57 PM
    Let me get this straight. She will be deported without her children, but her husband who was convicted of hurting his daughter will be allowed to stay AND perhaps be given custody of those children.
    Sigh........................its hard to believe the stupidity.
  6. Caro posted on 08/26/2014 10:36 AM
    I understand there may be a procedure for a case like this, but there comes a point where common sense comes into play. Sending a child to foster care or sending them to live with their abusive father, while there is a strong woman doing everything in her power to give her children the life she wished she had. Absolutely no common sense involved with this. Not to mention the amount of people let into this country who do not try to assimilate like she has. Disgusted with the system.
    1. Baxter posted on 08/28/2014 09:46 AM
      @Caro Do you know this woman? How do you know she is a strong woman and doing everything she can for her children? How do you know that she isn't just using her kids as a reason to stay and this isn't about them at all? How do you know she's assimilated? Don't be so naive.
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