The extent of Saad Alam’s memories of Bangladesh are those of an eight-year old, but he’s looking at rebuilding his life from scratch as a 23-year-old in the place of his childhood.
Saad Alam and his parents recently received a deportation notice last month, telling informing them that they have untill October. 3 to leave Canada. The family fled Bangladesh in 1994, when Badrul Alam’s political affiliations turned bitter. They spent nine years in the U.S. before crossing to Canada to claim refugee status.
Alam, set to enter his third year at UTM, is faced with the prospect of never being able to complete his degree. Both his parents have worked multiple jobs to cover his international tuition fees, which amount to several times what domestic students pay.
Campus action group No One Is Illegal will be organizing a demonstration at noon on Tuesday, September. 30 at Sid Smith, protesting Alam’s cause and other deportations resulting from Canada Border Service Agency crackdowns.