(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
A quick scan of the news tells us everything we need to know about our failed approach to immigration, integration and protecting national security.
A terrorist attack on Halloween in New York City, murdering eight and injuring 11; the accused a radicalized Muslim migrant who came to the U.S. in 2010 and appears to have ISIS connections.
Closer to home, a report reminds us 180 individuals connected to Canada went overseas to fight alongside terrorist armies. At least 60 of these jihadists have quietly returned to Canada.
Meanwhile, an undercover FBI agent who was instrumental in thwarting the VIA rail plot and convicting two foreign terrorists is speaking out to set the record straight: “They weren’t sick or addicted – they were evil” read a recent Postmedia headline.
Islamist terrorists have infiltrated the West; we never know when they’re going to strike – or how.
They exploit the openness of our free society, and expose a profound failing in our national security strategy: our inability to screen and vet migrants to detect radicalization or the capacity to commit acts of war.
Trump’s commitment to “extreme vetting” is often mocked, as was Kellie Leitch’s suggestion we test migrants for Canadian values. But at least these politicians are trying to address the issue.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Trudeau government was mortified when news broke that the RCMP were asking probing questions to migrants crossing illegally into Quebec.
These questions included a migrant’s views on women’s rights, pluralism and religion. (The horror!)
The Trudeau government immediately scrapped the mildly-worded questionnaire. After all, we wouldn’t want to offend illegal migrants by asking them about their thoughts on life in Canada.
Our government’s weak-kneed approach to terrorism is just the start of our troubles. Trudeau’s immigration and integration strategy is equally worrying.
More from the news: a Gatineau man is accused of “honour-based” violence against his daughter because she didn’t want to wear a hijab. The father now faces charges of assault, assault with a weapon and uttering death threats.
This suggests a clear example of failed integration. As was the story of the Syrian refugee in Halifax who beat his wife with a hockey stick for half an hour.
Or news from the Arab Community Centre of Toronto that, “at least one Syrian woman a week is disclosing to them they are a victim of domestic violence.”
Canada’s immigration strategy must address these important cultural issues. We cannot shy away from fundamental problems just because we fear offending newcomers or being politically incorrect.
Integration matters, and we need to ensure newcomers embrace our values, adhere to our norms and respect the primacy of Canadian law.
When it comes to welcoming newcomers, the Trudeau government has ignored complaints from refugee resettlement agencies about strained resources, while housing asylum seekers in tents, trailers and football stadiums.
Far from focusing on integration, Justin Trudeau changed the law to eliminate the language requirement for newcomers over the age of 54. He also removed warnings against “honour-based” violence from the Citizenship Guide.
Trudeau wants all the benefits of increasing mass immigration – an influx of young workers to offset our aging population – without doing any of the heavy lifting.
This week, the Liberals introduced their 2018 immigration plan, and it’s more of the same.
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