Let’s assess the refugee process fairly, not solely based on Liberal dogma

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

A recent article in The New York Times stated as fact that Justin Trudeau’s Syrian refugee resettlement program is widely seen as a success in Canada.

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Michigan airport stabbing probed as "lone wolf" terrorist attack, FBI says

A Canadian man from Tunisia accused of shouting "Allahu akbar" before stabbing a Michigan airport police officer remains in custody after appearing in federal court. The attack Wednesday at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, is being investigated as an act of terrorism, but authorities have no indication at this time that the suspect was involved in a "wider plot," said FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios. (CBS)

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Honest talk on immigration needed

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

There is a deliberate attempt to stifle debate and silence dissenting voices in today’s political climate. Nowhere is this unfortunate trend more evident than in discussions about immigration and integration.

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Canadian arrested in Flint stabbing; FBI investigating as act of terrorism

A 49-year-old Canadian from Montreal has been arrested after a law enforcement official was stabbed in the neck at an airport in Flint, Mich. An FBI official said the suspect spent time in an airport washroom before he emerged with a 30-centimetre serrated knife and stabbed airport police Lt. Jeff Neville in the neck. Witnesses said the suspect yelled "Allahu akbar” during the attack, the Arabic phrase for "God is great." After his arrest, the suspect told investigators in an interview something similar to, "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die," said David Gelios, special agent in charge of the FBI Detroit division. (CTV) (Global News)

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Trudeau's fast-tracked refugees missed overseas orientation session: Docs

Many of the Syrian refugees who came to Canada as part of Justin Trudeau’s fast-tracked program did not receive an important overseas orientation session prior to arrival, the Sun has learned. According to information provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), refugees typically attend “a three-day group session that provides initial orientation about life in Canada.” However, due to the rushed nature of Trudeau’s decision to rapidly resettle tens of thousands of Syrians to meet his political timeline in 2015, this orientation was skipped. (Toronto Sun)

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Trudeau's fast-tracked refugees missed overseas orientation session: Docs

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(This article originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Many of the Syrian refugees who came to Canada as part of Justin Trudeau’s fast-tracked program did not receive an important overseas orientation session prior to arrival, the Sun has learned.

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Quebec man who dreamed of joining ISIS convicted of terrorism charge

Ismaël Habib wanted the court to believe he was an accidental jihadi who travelled to Syria in 2013 out of “curiosity” and took no part in the fighting. He never heard a single gunshot while there, he testified, comparing the experience to summer camp. And when Habib began arranging for a return trip in 2016, he said it was because he was worried about the security of his wife and two small children there. (National Post) (CTV)

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Declining number of asylum seekers surprises reeve of Manitoba border town

The reeve of the Manitoba town that's been the backdoor to Canada for asylum seekers entering Canada from the U.S. wonders if the recent discovery of the body of a Ghanaian woman has scared refugee claimants from making the trek across the border. The total number of border crossers caught by the RCMP now sits at 583 as of Friday, but the figure doesn't include asylum seekers who weren't processed by Mounties and were able to get into Winnipeg without getting taken into custody. (CBC)

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The real legacy of Trudeau’s Syrian refugee program

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

“Man who beat wife said he didn’t know it was against law,” read a recent headline in the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal.

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Increase of asylum claims in Canada means wait times could hit over 11 years, cost $2.97B

A increase in asylum claims in Canada could eventually mean a staggering 11-year wait for a hearing and $2.97 billion in federal social supports for claimants in the meantime, an internal government analysis has concluded. The Immigration and Refugee Board is already trying to whittle down its current backlog, but received no new money in the latest federal budget. (Global) (Toronto Star) (Globe and Mail)

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