True North Wire
January 11, 2019
In another affront to Canada’s border security, the Trudeau government has been quietly accepting America’s illegal migrants.
Canadian border officers granted illegal immigrants from the U.S. legal entry into Canada.
Individuals like Elidee Sanchez, who spent 17 years living in the United States illegally, are being given temporary visas and permission to stay in Canada.
Sanchez was aided by her immigration lawyer and was permitted entry into Canada through a student visa, this despite her illegal alien status in the U.S.
Illegally entering an allied country, and staying in that country for years illegally, no longer prevents someone from being eligible to come to Canada.
This government policy sets a dangerous precedent for those evading U.S. immigration authorities and sends the message that Canada is soft on immigration security.
Take the case of Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a Somali man with ISIS sympathies who ran over five people in Edmonton and stabbed a police officer in an unprovoked terror attack in 2017.
Sharif illegally entered the U.S. from Tijuana, Mexico and was ordered by a judge to be deported in 2011. Instead, he skipped a court date and made his way into Canada in 2012 where he received refugee status.
As reported in 2017 by True North founder Candice Malcolm in the Sun newspaper chain, the federal government knowingly admits criminals like Sharif into Canada.
Here’s what Malcolm wrote about the situation 16 months ago:
I spoke to a senior source, formerly with the public safety department, who told me our biometric screening system — which uses eye scans, fingerprints and a live photo — is designed to stop foreign criminals from moving within the Five Eyes security network.
Even if Sharif had no passport, as was reported, and even though he provided a slightly different name when entering Canada, our system should have identified him and stopped him from entering our country.
But the system didn’t do that, and so my question to the government was simple: Why not?
Well, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety Mark Holland answered my question in a letter to the editor.
He let it be known that “Sharif’s identity was indeed confirmed by CBSA through both biometrics and biographical information”.
But Holland also stated that “your admissibility to another country does not affect your ability to enter Canada or make an asylum claim.”
In other words, Canada knew Sharif had entered the U.S. illegally. We knew he had a deportation order from the U.S., and we knew he was violating the terms of his deportation by showing up in Canada.
And yet, we let him into Canada anyway.
Why is Canada turning a blind eye to individuals who were considered illegal aliens to our neighbour and closest ally? Malcolm continues, describing a Trudeau government official’s pitiful defence for letting an illegal alien who would become a terrorist into Canada:
Holland justifies this decision by noting “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a statement saying that he ‘had no known criminal history at the time of his encounters with ICE.’”
Common sense tells us it’s possible Sharif had no known criminal history because he came from Somalia, a country with no viable government and thus no one to keep track of crimes.
Since arriving in North America — via Mexico, for some unknown reason — Sharif entered the U.S. illegally, failed to show up for his immigration hearing and skipped the country to come to Canada.
Are those not crimes that would make one inadmissible to Canada? Apparently not.
Holland stated all this, and then, without realizing the irony of his statement, said, “But Canadians can rest assured that our border controls are robust and effective.”
Effective at what?
In this case, federal officials knowingly let a suspicious young man with a questionable past into the country, where he’s now alleged to have done tremendous harm.
If an individual is willing to break the law in a neighboring country, it shouldn’t be a surprise when they don’t respect the laws of our own nation.
Instead of tackling the issue of illegal entry into Canada, the federal government seems intent on providing legitimacy to those who wish to circumvent immigration laws.