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M1917 Enfield
08-21-2017, 05:24 PM
http://globalnews.ca/news/3658241/somali-criminal-records-canada-us-deportation-intelligence/



Somalis with criminal records coming to Canada from US, intelligence report warns


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As the United States has stepped up deportations of Somalis with criminal records, some have crossed illegally into Canada and made refugee claims under false identities, according to an intelligence report obtained by Global News.

The fear of deportation by U.S. immigration authorities appears to have driven some Somalis with criminal histories to travel north and illicitly cross the border to claim asylum, said the Canada Border Services Agency Intelligence Brief.

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While those with serious criminal pasts represent only a small fraction of Somali refugee claimants, the report said the U.S. removal policy was “posing an increased security risk as some of these individuals are fleeing to Canada.”

“Somali nationals with criminal records in the U.S. may be attempting to evade justice by claiming refugee protection in Canada,” said the report, distributed by the CBSA’s Intelligence Operations and Analysis Division.

The report said 16 Somalis with “serious” criminal pasts were known to have arrived in Canada from the U.S. between 2012 and 2015. Six had records in the U.S. for sexual offences — three involving minors as victims. Eleven with records in Minnesota had illegally crossed the border in the same area near Emerson, Manitoba. They were among 164 Somalis flagged by the CBSA for serious crime and national security concerns during that period.

But Abdi Ahmed, director of Immigration Partnership Winnipeg, said he had not seen any evidence it was happening, and since refugee claimants were fingerprinted, their criminal pasts would be known.

“There’s nothing like this,” said Ahmed, a Somali refugee. “This is completely unfounded.”

Recently released under the Access to Information Act, the intelligence report was dated Jan. 2016, when U.S. deportations of failed Somali asylum seekers and permanent residents with criminal records were on the rise.

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The U.S. deported 65 Somalis in 2014, 120 in 2015 and 198 in 2016, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement statistics. They have increased further under President Donald Trump.

The increasing deportations of Somalis from the U.S. “may be a contributing factor for individuals with criminal records to enter into Canada illegally,” said the report, titled “Somali Nationals in Canada with Serious Inadmissibility Concerns.”

Unlike the U.S., Canada has imposed a temporary ban on deportations to parts of Somalia, notably Mogadishu, where Islamist militants have been staging attacks.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has assured Canadians his government can handle the current surge in illegal border crossings, most recently in Quebec, where more than 100 asylum seekers are crossing from the U.S. each day.

“Entering Canada is not a free-for-all,” said Jacqueline Roby, a CBSA spokesperson. Those caught crossing the border between points of entry are arrested, and when they make refugee claims they are interviewed and subjected to security and criminal record checks, she said.

WATCH: More migrants entering Canada through uncontrolled border crossings. Mike Armstrong reports.

The intelligence report said the U.S. began deporting Somalis in “increased numbers” in 2012. In June of that year, court records show, CBSA officers found a man walking along a southern Manitoba highway. He said his name was Abdulqadir Magan and that he had been in the U.S. for two months and wanted to make a refugee claim.

But a check of his fingerprints identified him as Saiad Abdi, a longtime U.S. permanent resident with what a judge called “a lengthy criminal record,” including a conviction for improper handling of a weapon. He was deported back to the U.S.

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David Matas, the Winnipeg refugee and human rights lawyer who represented him in the Federal Court, said Somalis were crossing into Canada because of U.S. removal policies and rising intolerance under Trump.

“I think the advent of the Trump presidency has created an atmosphere of fear within this population,” Matas said, adding that walking over the border was the only option for many because of a law that would see them turned back were they to go to an official border post.

“In any population, you’re going to have a criminal element and I suppose there’s a component of this population like any other. But it doesn’t represent the movement as such and I don’t think it’s because Canada is softer on criminality than the U.S.,” he said.

He said Canadian border officers were doing a good job overall and that the CBSA intelligence report could be their headquarters “telling them, in your general attempt to be helpful, try to keep an eye out for some of these.”

The report also raised concerns about the “growing trend” of sex trafficking by Somali gangs in the U.S., warning that, “since many of the concerns in the U.S. Somali community mirror the concerns in the Canadian-Somali community, there is potential that this trend may spill over into Canada.”

kennymo
08-21-2017, 05:30 PM
If this government had any sense they'd be broadcasting images of the tent city they're forcing the Haitians to live in South of the border.....

Grey_Wolf
08-21-2017, 08:55 PM
If this government had any sense ....they'd be broadcasting images of the tent city they're forcing the Haitians to live in South of the border.....

...there'd be a lot of things happening and illegal border jumping wouldn't be one of them

Haywire1
08-22-2017, 07:20 AM
Hell, that aint news, Somalis criminals have been showing up in canada for years. I think most of them live in my neighborhood

LB303
08-22-2017, 08:17 AM
“There’s nothing like this,” said Ahmed, a Somali refugee. “This is completely unfounded.”
something about foxes and henhouses

FallisCowboy
08-22-2017, 08:42 AM
Hell, that aint news, Somalis criminals have been showing up in canada for years. I think most of them live in my neighborhood

And the rest live over on 107 ave.

Waterloomike
08-22-2017, 09:18 AM
Many, many are in Ottawa and right here in the Waterloo region. They live at Tim Hortons.

A woman i know was followed by a car load of them until she pulled into the police station in Ottawa.

mister donut
08-22-2017, 09:46 AM
They're already here....living in Surrey, BC.

Sinbad
08-22-2017, 11:25 AM
What a mess the Turd has left for future generations. This is sad to watch the deterioration of a nation

joe6167
08-22-2017, 12:14 PM
Don't forget Toronto... my university feels a lot like Mogadishu these days...

Mobusten
08-22-2017, 12:30 PM
I'm very surprised by this revelation.

ilikemoose
08-22-2017, 12:49 PM
They're already here....living in Surrey, BC.

Just when you think Surrey can't get worse.

FallisCowboy
08-22-2017, 01:59 PM
What a mess the Turd has left for future generations. This is sad to watch the deterioration of a nation

This is far worse that sad; to watch my country, that I defended, get turned into a sh__hole for my children and grandchildren; just to feed the egos and wallets of our nouveau aristocracy. Time to fire up Mademoiselle le G.

Swampdonkey
08-22-2017, 02:37 PM
What a mess the Turd has left for future generations. This is sad to watch the deterioration of a nation

We didn't learn from Pierre.

Relic49
08-22-2017, 03:55 PM
We didn't learn from Pierre.

I'm not sure about anyone else, but I sure did. I didn't like that man and what he did to Canada from the first time I seen him.I'm getting a headache just thinking about it.

Sinbad
08-22-2017, 04:08 PM
I did. I bashed him every chance I got but the spawn of his hippy still got in
We didn't learn from Pierre.

killer kane
08-23-2017, 08:41 AM
As a whole, nope and with the wholesale onslaught on modern history, god only knows where the west could be heading.

FallisCowboy
08-23-2017, 08:55 AM
We didn't learn from Pierre.

Now his statues I could get into tearing down. Except it's more fun to see the pigeon s__t running down his face. Dammit! Can't find a good picture of this. RB, help please?

Waterloomike
08-23-2017, 10:03 AM
I would take over for the pigeons if i could get the prime turd to do a selfie with me.

Waterloomike
08-23-2017, 10:05 AM
What a mess the Turd has left for future generations. This is sad to watch the deterioration of a nation

Destruction of a nation.