For the most part, the issue of America’s border security has been dealt with as an economic issue and a domestic, law and order-centric issue. However, border security is also an international issue.
According to Judicial Watch, recent reports indicate that ISIS terrorist Abdulahi Hasan Sharif entered the U.S. via the Mexican border prior to stabbing a Canadian police officer and running over four pedestrians just a few weeks ago in the city of Edmonton.
In 2011, the Somali man entered the U.S. port of San Ysidro, California from Mexico. Sharif did not have documentation on him, so he earned himself a short stay at the Otay Mesa Detention Center.
A year later, the Canadian government granted Sharif refugee status and the Obama administration let him pass through America en route to the Canadian border.
What Sharif did between 2012 and September 30, 2017 is currently being investigated. What is known for sure is that on the latter date, Sharif drove a car into Officer Mike Chernyk, who was at the time providing security duty outside Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.
After being sent many meters into the air, the 48-year-old Chernyk suffered stab wounds to his face and head. Amazingly, eighteen days after the attack, Officer Chernyk was back on the job.
Sharif’s other victims also managed to survive his vehicular assault.
Canada’s small conservative press has used this case as an example of how the liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made Canada less safe thanks to his open-borders immigration policies.
“Abdullahi Hasan Sharif, the Somali national being detained after the recent Edmonton terror attack, managed to slip into Canada despite a complicated system of biometric checks designed to stop people just like him,” wrote The Toronto Sun.
In the same year that Sharif landed in California, Canada implemented a biometric screening program that allowed their government to access and share information regarding suspicious persons with other members of the Five Eyes (Canada, US, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand).
In this instance, the biometric system failed, for Sharif had a deportation order taken out against him by the US government after his arrival at San Ysidro.
When US officials asked Sharif to check in with them after his release (since Somalia has no viable government, the Obama administration released Sharif with conditions), the Somali terrorist fled North, and was granted refugee status.
As a “refugee,” Sharif was overlooked by the biometric screening system.
This story presents a tale of multiple failures, both in the United States and in Canada. Rather than deport Sharif back to Mexico, the US detained the illegal immigrant in the hopes of deporting him back to his native Somalia.
Given that situation in Somalia, US law essentially forbade sending him back to Mogadishu or other war-torn cities. Canada made America’s blunder worse by granting Sharif immunity in the form of refugee status.
Our country’s security measures failed us in this instance. Is this a threat?
In order for cases like this to never happen again, many things need to occur: 1) Canada should put a pause or moratorium on accepting refugees, 2) the U.S. should reconsider its policy of not deporting people back to war zones, and 3) both Canada and the United States should agree that both of their nations will place heavy restrictions on immigration.
Until both nations get serious about international terrorism, events like the one in Edmonton will keep happening.