MONTREAL - The Canada Border Services Agency says a Pakistani couple fighting a deportation order that would separate them from their four children have been removed from the country.

Spokeswoman Kareen Dionne says Sabir Mohammed Sheikh and his wife Seema were deported early this morning and turned over to U.S. authorities.

The couple, who fear persecution if returned to Pakistan, were able to go to the United States because they came to Canada through that country in 2000.

Their refugee status was revoked in 2007 after authorities learned they had lied about how long they lived in Dubai after leaving Pakistan.

Their grown-up children were granted a stay and will now look after Sabrina, their five-year-old Canadian-born sibling.