(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
The Canadian government is knowingly letting criminals into our country. That’s not an opinion – it’s a fact, and one that the Trudeau government openly admits.
Last week, I wrote a column about Canada’s biometric security system, and how it failed to stop a Somali national with an outstanding U.S. deportation order from entering Canada.
The Somali man, Abdullahi Hassan Sharif, entered Canada illegally on foot, just as he’d entered the U.S. illegally from Tijuana, Mexico.
Unlike in the U.S., Sharif was welcomed into Canada and even granted refugee status.
He’s now charged criminally in connection with the Oct. 1 terrorist attack in Edmonton.
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.
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?
My initial assumption was that our biometrics system somehow failed us. I assumed that when a mysterious foreigner with an outstanding deportation order from our closest ally arrives illegally into our country, our border officials would say “no”.
My assumption was incorrect, and the truth is worse.
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.
To make matters worse, it took Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 20 days to visit Edmonton and meet the police officer who was run down and stabbed in an attack he himself described as “terrorism”.
It seems as if the federal...(READ MORE)