Image by Kaz Novak, The Hamilton Spectator
An immigrant South Korean family, Sungsoo Kim, wife Sunmi Kim, daughter Lisa and son Taehoon, have been living in Canada for the past 9 years. A permanent residency application has been rejected by Canadian officials because the 12 year old son is autistic. He received the autism diagnosis several years ago but after he and his father, Sungsoo Kim, had arrived in Canada.
Change is difficult, very difficult, for many people with autism disorders. For my severely autistic son slight changes in his daily routines and expectations can result in serious problems. I can not imagine the harmful impact on this 12 year old autistic boy, to be sent to another country now, after growing up in Canada over the past 9 years. He has South Korean heritage, a Korean name and family but this boy after spending 9 of his 12 years in Canada IS Canadian.
I understand the costs argument but it is still heartless for Canada to send this autistic boy to live in a country he does not know, absolutely heartless. If and when harm comes to this boy from this decision Canada must bear a major part of the responsibility.
I am generally very, very proud to be Canadian but I am not proud of the way we treat good people who have chosen to live among us and become part of Canada because a child is diagnosed after arrival with an autism disorder. Woe, Canada!