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An 18-year-old Toronto high school student facing imminent deportation to Mexico has had his hopes for release dashed, according to his lawyer.

An 18-year-old Toronto high school student facing imminent deportation to Mexico has had his hopes for release dashed, according to his lawyer.

Immigration authorities picked up Daniel Garcia just before Christmas. He lost a bid for release at a detention review hearing yesterday morning, said law­yer Guidy Mamann.

Garcia came to Canada when he was 15 with his sister Brenda Garcia, 30, who claimed refugee status and said she was persecuted in Mexico because she is a lesbian. The Garcias say they fled their home in Mexico City due to homophobic violence that saw Brenda’s partner shot and killed.

But their claim was rejected last December and although Daniel tried to fill out an appeal known as a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment with the help of a local librarian, he says he never received a response from immigration authorities.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) detained both siblings. Brenda was deported to Mexico on Monday, according to Mamann, who was retained to represent Daniel the same day.

Although Garcia’s next detention review hearing is set for Jan. 4, he might not be here for it as the ­CBSA is preparing to put him on a flight to Mexico within days, Mamann said.

Many of Garcia’s fellow students and several teachers at Parkdale Collegiate Institute have attended rallies to support him and several supporters showed up at the detention hearing yesterday morning, Mamann said.

 
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