Deportation imminent for Mexican mother

Immigration officials escorted Paola Ortiz to the Montreal airport Friday morning where she's scheduled to board a flight to Mexico.
Paola Ortiz, seen here with supporters outside the federal immigration building in Montreal, is expected to board a 10 a.m. flight to Mexico. (Elias Abboud/CBC)

A woman fighting to remain in Canada because she fears for her life in her native Mexico turned herself over to immigration officials Friday morning for her imminent deportation.

Paola Ortiz, 31, who has lived in Montreal for the past five years, was ordered deported on Tuesday.

However, her departure was delayed after she broke down at the airport and was taken to hospital. Her deportation was rescheduled for Friday.

Before sunrise Friday, Ortiz arrived at a federal building in Montreal’s Old Port with a suitcase and was taken away in a dark SUV headed for the airport.

Her apparent deportation came after a night-long vigil staged by supporters outside another federal building, the Guy Favreau Complex, in downtown Montreal.

Ortiz came to Canada in 2006, claiming her ex-boyfriend who works for the federal police in Mexico had abused her for years and once kept her imprisoned for several days.

Immigration officials said Mexican authorities could provide sufficient protection for victims of domestic violence and denied her refugee claim.

Ortiz’s two-year-old son and four-year-old daughter, both born in Canada, are allowed to stay in the country.

They will remain in the care of family members.