(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
There is a crisis on our southern border. And Canadian officials seem woefully unprepared to deal with the ongoing flow of migrants illegally crossing into Canada.
These illegal crossings create a real security threat, and Canadians are not happy about it.
An Angus Reid poll is the latest to convey this, finding that nearly three-quarters of Canadians prefer a focus on border security rather than providing aid to those illegally crossing into Canada.
There is near unanimous agreement on the fact that these migrants pose a threat to our national security. Of those surveyed, half say the risk of dangerous people entering Canada is ‘significant’ or ‘huge,’ while 93% agreed there is some level of risk.
Canadians are right to be concerned about the self-proclaimed and self-selected refugees coming in through the back door.
A remarkable video by Faith Goldy of The Rebel Media reveals part of the problem.
On a rural road in upstate New York, Goldy’s video captures the moment when a taxi pulls up and drops off a would-be asylum seeker near the border.
“Sir, where are you from?” she asks. “Syria,” he replies as he proceeds towards the border. An RCMP officer can be seen trying to deter the man from crossing illegally.
“Please stop, you cannot enter here,” says the officer. “If you enter here, sir, you will be arrested and criminal charges can be pressed against you.”
“I’m not safe. I’m a refugee,” says the man, repeatedly, as he ignores instructions from police and continues towards Canada.
The RCMP officer instructs the man to report to the Canadian border, three miles away, but the man insists the police do it his way instead.
“Arrest me from here. We will phone them,” he says, and the police finally follow his command. “You’re under arrest” they can be heard saying, as they escort him away while helping carry his luggage.
It’s an unbelievable exchange, and it shows the docile attitude towards protecting our borders.
This asylum seeker knew exactly what he was doing. He knew that if he entered Canada at an official crossing, he would be met by a CBSA officer. The CBSA guard would be able to determine his admissibility to Canada, and has the power to reject him on the spot.
At a land crossing away from a border station, however, there are no CBSA guards – just RCMP officers who have been sent to patrol the border.
This man has clearly been coached. Someone told him exactly where to go and what to say to enter Canada. And it worked. Not only did this man circumvent our immigration laws, he also bypassed our Syrian refugee program.
Under Justin Trudeau, Canada has generously accepted nearly 50,000 Syrian refugees from the war-torn region.
But to address the security risks – the valid concerns about our ability to screen and vet individuals from a hot bed of Islamist terrorism – the Trudeau government limited the program.
Canada only accepts women, children and families from Syria. The program explicitly excludes single men.
That’s because our security officers believe...(READ MORE)