A man born in Canada who moved to the United States as a child is facing deportation to Canada because he stole a tape deck in 1978.
Mike Burrows hasn’t been to Canada in 50 years and has no living family or friends in Calgary, where he was born. His father was transferred to Los Angeles for work when he was a child, and his family was given permanent resident visas in the United States.
Despite leading a normal life, paying his taxes and raising a family, Burrows is facing deportation to Canada because as a teenager he stole a 50$ tape deck, a misdemeanor charge. And in fact, that offense was expunged from his record in the 1980s.
TheImmigrant and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996 was retroactive, meaning even the tiniest infraction can result in deportation, because they are reclassified as aggravated felonies. Unfortunately, immigration judges are powerless against this law and can’t act even in situations where it is ridiculous.
Burrows’ blog, in which he talks about his ordeal day-to-day, is available here.
Burrows has spent 10 years fighting his deportation. He has two children in the United States that are American citizens, as well as ailing parents in their 70s. Because his parents cannot travel and the punishment for returning to the United States once deported is 20 years in jail, it’s likely Burrows would never see his parents again in the US if deportation was successful.
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