Can you imagine being a six year old boy in the middle of rural Congo being handed a cell phone and being asked to talk to your father on it?
That is what Massa and his son Joseph were doing via my phone at 5:30 am our time. Massa said his son did not quite understand the phone. He could tell the people there what he heard but talking back was a bit beyond him. But Massa talked to the boy’s mother and she is in agreement that it is best for Joseph to join Massa and has signed all the necessary papers transferring custody to him. If Canadian immigration has any heart at all, Joseph should be joining Massa within the year.
It is impossible to do things like this without Jacques’ help. What a wonderful man he is – to travel to Karawa, find the mother and son, make this phone call, take care of the paperwork, and all this in the wake of his own disappointment. He has been denied a visa to visit his own children in Canada. Jacques hasn’t seen Christian for about 4 years, Patrick went out to visit him a year ago. But Canadian immigration deems Jacques a risk to come and visit his sons at Christmastime. To imagine that he would want to stay here in this snow? What is worse is that he travels often to the states and is granted visas without problem.
The Canadian immigration system treats everyone as if they are asylum seekers. There is a huge problem here.