Canada’s biggest problem when it comes to the national security threat posed by asylum seekers may not be stopping bad guys from entering, but making them leave.
An internal government report obtained through an access to information request from immigration lawyer Richard Kurland revealed that 11,745 illegal border crossers and asylum seekers in Canada have not yet received national security screening or vetting.
Instead, these migrants were admitted into Canada and remain in queue amidst a massive backlog that has skyrocketed since 2016.
Rather than detaining individuals and holding them at the border until proper security screening measures are completed, Canada simply releases these migrants into the community.
We rely on good faith in the hopes they’ll show up to their next appointment with border and immigration officials.
Once a migrant is in Canada, however, the record shows that even if they’re found to be inadmissible, it’s incredibly difficult to make them leave.
Take the case of Othman Ayed Hamdan — a Jordanian man who crossed into Canada from the U.S. in 2002 and filed an asylum claim. He was originally admitted, but government officials later argued that he had faked a conversion to Christianity in order to game the system and achieve refugee status.
The federal court eventually ruled against Hamdan, concluding that he was a “Christian of convenience in order to get into Canada.”
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He identified critical infrastructure that could be targeted by ISIS terrorists, and he celebrated the death of Canadian soldiers at the hands of jihadist terrorists in 2014. He called the jihadist who killed Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent a “hero for hitting evil Canadian forces on their soil.”
While a judge in B.C. acquitted Hamdan on terrorism charges, the Immigration and Refugee Board ruled that Hamdan was a danger to national security and was ordered deported in October 2018.
But, as reported by Global News, Hamdan is refusing to cooperate. He is “playing games” — refusing to meet with CBSA removals officers and refusing to sign the travel documents required to send this terrorist back to Jordan.
Hamdan is not the first foreign criminal to play this game.
Canada has been trying to deport a violent Rwandan asylum seeker for years.
According to a federal court decision, Jacob Damiany Lunyamila has had “approximately 389 police encounters” which “resulted in 95 criminal charges and 54 convictions.” He was deemed inadmissible to Canada for serious criminality and handed a deportation order.
But like Hamdan, Lunyamila has repeatedly refused to cooperate. He has vowed that he will never sign the required paperwork to complete his deportation order.
And so, both men remain in Canadian prisons, living off taxpayers and making a mockery of our system.
News that the government has failed to do thorough national security checks of over 10,000 asylum seekers — including individuals who entered Canada illegally and who arrived with no documentation — could lead to decades of deportation headaches for those who will eventually be found inadmissible.
If there is a lesson to learn from the above cases, it’s that we’re better safe than sorry. Once a person is allowed to enter Canada, there’s no turning back.