On Sept. 10, 2003, Faulino Deng beat up a Toronto roofing contractor and threatened to kill him.
A lanky former Sudanese soldier, Deng had only been in Canada 10 months and already he’d committed an aggravated assault.
Because he wasn’t a Canadian citizen, Deng was brought before the Immigration and Refugee Board, which ordered his deportation.
“Canada was offering you a safe haven,” a Refugee Board adjudicator told him later. “And, sir, you have done nothing but abuse the protection that Canada afforded you.”
That should have been the end of Deng’s brief stay in Canada.
But he’s still here.
Fifteen years after the assault, Global News found him living in a Scarborough bungalow owned by Toronto Community Housing. He has amassed dozens more criminal convictions, one for sexual assault, and is scheduled for trial next year on five charges, including two counts of trafficking, which he denies.
“Faulino is a criminal,” said the victim of the aggravated assault, who said Deng and another man beat him until he lost consciousness. Police alleged Deng used a piece of wood as a weapon. “Why they didn’t send him back, for God’s sake?”
Although Deng is under a deportation order, it has never been enforced by immigration officials, and neither have a growing number of others like it.