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Canadian Press: Immigration and Fears Gama

canadian press: There were fears Gama would be blocked from re-entering Canada if he travelled to the U.S. for the tournament without status in Canada, according to CTV. But the federal Immigration Department will issue Gama a temporary resident permit in order to allow him to accompany his team to the Little League World Series, The Canadian Press has learned. Gama's team, the Whalley Major Allstars from Surrey, B.C., had thought they would be without the young outfielder after a federal judge ordered a review of the family's immigration case last month. The temporary permit is the result of an intervention by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Gama was instrumental in his team making it to the Little League World Series, head coach Mike Marino said Wednesday, calling him one of the team's strongest batters and a role model for his teammates. A senior Immigration official says the 200 application fee for the permit will also be waived. ( As reported in the news.