Deepan Budlakoti’s story boggles the mind.
He was born in Canada in 1985, has an Ontario birth certificate and has lived all of his life in Canada. Yet the Harper government has been trying for years to deport him to his parents’ native country, India.
He might have been long gone, had the Indians not refused to take him. They say he’s not a citizen of their country, and they will not issue him any sort of visa.
In effect, the Canadian government has now made this young man a stateless person. He lives in Canada, but only on sufferance. He has, in essence, no rights.