Afghani exchange university student in Colorado seeks asylum in Canada

Lisa R. Parker

DENVER, Colorado ” A Columbine Substantial Faculty exchange university student from Afghanistan has turned up in Canada and is looking for asylum there, officers explained.

Mesbah Habibi (MEZ’-buh ha-BEE’-bee) seemed to disappear on Monday just after he checked his baggage at Reagan National Airport in Washington while traveling for a seminar.

The American Councils for Intercontinental Training, a nonprofit team sponsoring the trade application, mentioned Habibi and five other trade students slipped absent to Canada around the past month and questioned for asylum.

Habibi and a single other student remaining whilst touring for the seminar the others remaining at unique moments, said Ben Gaylord, who functions on secondary education systems with the scholar-exchange group.

All have contacted their host people or the exchange-pupil group to allow them know they are secure.

“This was not like a prepared matter with 6 learners leaving all at when,” Gaylord said.

“We in no way had any indications that these particular pupils experienced any difficulties with heading home,” he explained.

Officials at the suburban Denver high college claimed Habibi took part in observe and area and the Unity Motion Club and was a member of the pupil newspaper employees.

The Afghanistan Consulate in Toronto claimed it was unaware of the circumstance and has not been requested to verify Habibi’s citizenship.

U.S. Condition Office spokesman Edgar Vasquez mentioned the department experienced been notified by the college student-exchange team of the students’ steps.

“Because they are in violation of their method needs and their visa necessities, they will not be capable to return to the United States,” he mentioned. “If they do attempt to return to the United States, they will be matter to quick deportation.”

Stephane Malepart, a spokesman for Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board, stated the agency does not remark on asylum circumstances.

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