(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
September 13, 2018
We could have yet another tragic indicator that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s refugee policy is failing us.
Earlier this week, police arrested a Syrian refugee and charged him with the murder of 13-year-old Marissa Shen in Burnaby, B.C.
The accused, 28-year-old Ibrahim Ali, had only been in Canada for a few months when this horrific crime took place. Police believe that the two did not know each other and that this was a totally random act of brutality.
Ali came to Canada as one of 40,000 Syrian refugees admitted through Trudeau’s elaborate PR stunt, which saw the government skip important security steps, bypass integration programs, and overwhelm refugee resettlement agencies, all in pursuit of achieving Trudeau’s naive 2015 election campaign pledge.
During his mad dash to bring in refugees from the most violent corner of the world — where a despotic government continues to wage war against civilians and numerous terrorist insurgency groups — Trudeau haphazardly exposed Canada to the dangers of unchecked immigration from a war zone.
Syria is a failed state, its government has no useful records and databases, making it virtually impossible to share crucial records about a migrant’s criminal backgrounds or affiliations with terrorist groups — they way we would screen those coming from other Western countries.
With an artificial timeline of just a few months, Canada had to rely on faith and goodwill in admitting refugees from this hotbed of terrorism and violence.
To sanitize the risk, Trudeau promised to prioritize at risk LGBT refugees but decided single hetrosexual men who were not accompanied by their family would not be admitted to Canada through this program.
Through this stipulation, Trudeau signalled there was reason to believe lone Syrian men could pose a threat to our public safety. But Ali seems to more or less fit this description. The latest reports state he’s a single man who came through a private sponsorship stream — with the same lax screening and vetting — along with members of his extended family. And he is alleged to have brought the brutish horrors of Syria to a safe neighbourhood in suburban Vancouver.
While Trudeau is not personally responsible for the death of a beautiful girl in Burnaby, nor should all Syrians or all refugees be held collectively responsible for one man’s alleged depravity, Trudeau’s government deserves scrutiny and criticism for its botched policies.
The refugee program was so mismanaged that important integration steps were also skipped in the interests of getting more refugees into Canada to meet Trudeau’s timeline.
As I reported exclusively in the Sun, one of those steps skipped was a “Welcome to Canada” integration course where refugees learn about life in Canada, including our laws and values.
It’s no wonder we’ve heard numerous reports of Syrian refugees failing to adapt to life in Canada — unable to find work, learn English or make friends in their new country.
Worse, reports of Syrian refugees committing violent crimes are becoming more common. Last year, I wrote about a Syrian man who beat his wife with a hockey stick for half an hour, sending her to hospital. The man’s excuse was that he didn’t know it was against the law to beat your wife in Canada. (Many Islamic countries permit, and some even encourage spousal abuse.)
Is it any surprise that a group of people unfamiliar with our laws, raised in a society that views women as objects and who were not subject to our regular immigration and security screenings are failing to integrate?
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