Mamadou, 46, is originally from Ivory Coast, but had been living in the United States for ten years. He appeared Thursday at a detention review hearing at the IRB offices in Montreal.
CBC News is referring to Mamadou by his first name only because of a publication ban, which also prevents us from reporting the reasons why he fled his country of origin and why he is now seeking protection.
A New York cabbie until just weeks ago, Mamadou lived in a state of legal limbo.
When Donald Trump became president, he feared for his safety and fled north.
First he tried to enter Canada legally at the Lacolle, Que., border crossing, but he was turned back.