Canadian Border Becoming Concern as Syrian “Refugees” Pour In

Source: Canadian Border Presents Its Own Set Of Concerns For United States « CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)—The U.S.-Mexico border has been a topic of much debate this election season. But should our national attention be more focused toward our neighbors to the north?

The Canadian border, just 300 miles from New York City, presents its own challenges, the scope of which CBS2’s Maurice DuBois saw firsthand during an exclusive tour earlier this week.

All that separates the two countries for miles at a time is a split rail fence that you’d find in any ordinary backyard. During DuBois’ tour, Border Control Division Chief Bradley Curtis spotted a horse that can cross the border with no trouble.

But the four-legged border jumper is the least of our concerns, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

“We see alien smuggling. We see narcotic smuggling. We see currency smuggling,” Border Patrol Operations Officer Brad Brandt said.

Agents said much of that activity is heading directly to New York City and our suburbs where the product is sold on our streets.

“There is a significant amount of violence that is associated with these drugs,” Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Michael Laravia said.

Large quantities of high potency marijuana can be particularly problematic. Drug runners sneak across the border in the secret compartments of vehicles.

But drugs, as dangerous as they are. are just a part of the story.

“Our primary mission of course, is to stop a terrorist,” Brandt said.

And some spots could be easy points of entry.

“There are radicalized groups that are in Canada — that is a tremendous concern to us,” Curtis said regarding terrorism threats.

They said Canada’s more open-door policy toward Syrian refugees is also of concern.

“Up here we’re encountering people from every single country,” Curtis said. “They’re coming across on snowmobiles. They’re coming across on ATVs. Of course, we have 95 miles of water boundaries, so people come across on boat, canoes, anything you can think of.”

And although technology is pretty widespread throughout the border, border patrol agents said they use everything at their disposal to mind the front lines.

“I’ve arrested people here, there,” Curtis said as he walked through wooded terrain with DuBois.

Everything from foot patrols to ground sensors to hidden cameras in the woods are monitored at a command center in Swanton, Vermont.

The command center is manned “24 hours, seven days a week, 365,” Curtis said.

Agents say they win daily battles. In the last year, agents seized more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana and millions of dollars in illegal currency coming into the U.S.

Going out of the country, they stop shipments of a wide variety of illegal guns.

To win the larger war, agents say, they need more troops.

“We’ve actually asked to double the man power. There’s only so many border patrol agents in the country allowed. We’re competing with the southwest border,” Curtis said.

The sector currently only has about 300 agents covering about 300 miles, including a large Indian reservation that’s an attractive route for smugglers. With so much ground to cover, the agents said they rely heavily on the people who live along the border to alert them to any suspicious activity.


Muslim enclaves on the U.S. side of the Canadian border are growing, raising the likelihood of underground routes and safe houses for illegals and the terrorists among them.

Survey of Canadian Muslims Reveals Major Concerns

Source: Blog: Survey of Canadian Muslims reveals major concerns

Far from being benign, or even positive, as some commentators in the liberal media claim, a new survey of Canadian Muslims should give many pause for thought.

Keep in mind that there are already more than one million Muslims in Canada, and their rate of population growth is doubling every 10 years, meaning that — if century-long trends continue — Canada will be a majority Muslim nation by 2050. Since the last census of the Muslim population was in 2011, the current number is likely in the neighborhood of 1.5 million, or more than 4% of the total population.

It is clear that Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party of Canada is the political home for Muslims. Among those surveyed, 65% said they voted for Trudeau, versus 10% voting for the far left NDP and 2% for the Conservatives. Since 21% of respondents refused to answer how they voted, if we normalize the voting preferences among those answering the question, then almost 85% of Muslims voted Liberal.

A majority (50%) of Muslims said being a Muslim was the most important part of their personal identity, far more than the percentage saying that being a Canadian was most important (15%). For non-Muslims in Canada, the loyalty is reversed — with 43% of non-Muslims stating that being Canadian is most important versus their religious following (28%).

Another majority (52%) of the Canadian Muslim population say they are worried about violent extremism among their ranks, a percentage that is effectively unchanged from 2006. Conversely, only 40% say they are either not worried or only a little worried about the radicalization of their community.

When asked whether they want to adopt Canadian customs or remain distinct, just 53% of Muslims indicated they wanted to adopt Canadian customs, meaning the remaining 47% do not clearly want to adopt Canadian customs. The number saying they want to adopt Canadian customs has declined from 55% to 53% over the past decade, showing a trend away from assimilation.

A full 75% of Canadian Muslims believe they should have the right to pray in public schools, which violates the separation of church and state and also leads to large costs for renovations as these public facilities are forced to accommodate the corresponding demands for space and facilities. For example, the University of Regina recently spent $35,000 in scarce public funding to install foot-washing stations for Muslim students.

When asked whether they agree or disagree with the statement that “[t]he father in the family must be master in his own house,” 40% of Canadian Muslims agreed and only 32% totally disagreed. By comparison, among non-Muslims in Canada, just 21% agree with the view of a patriarchy.

Nearly half (43%) of Muslims feel that homosexuality should not be accepted by society, and just 36% say it should be accepted.

Around 7% of Canadian Muslims feel that at least some, and perhaps most/many, Muslims in their community support violent extremists abroad. Given the large domestic population of Muslims, these numbers should cause alarm.

Muslim terrorists behead Canadian, kill gay USAID worker in separate attacks

Religion of peace. Source: Canadian killed by terrorist group in Philippines, another held hostage – The Globe and Mail

A terrorist group in the Philippines has killed John Ridsdel, the 68-year-old Canadian kidnapped last September – an execution Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “cold-blooded murder” and the man’s family said was “senseless.”

A second Canadian, 50-year-old Robert Hall, remains captive, a Canadian government official confirmed.

Mr. Ridsdel was a world traveller who had made the Philippines his home. He was a passionate sailor, experienced in living and travelling in conflict areas, and a father of two adult daughters.

He was held for a ransom by the terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf and beheaded after the deadline passed.

On Monday evening, during a power outage in the Philippine municipality of Jolo, two men on motorcycles threw a plastic bag into a square near the town’s municipal offices and police station.

Children playing nearby initially ran from the bag, believing it to be a bomb, said Dr. Raden Ikbala, a local physician. But when “they opened it, they saw the head of a man,” he said, and reported it to police.

Such tactics have been used before by local militants.

“Sometimes they throw the heads in public places so that it will be discovered,” said Dick Gordon, a Philippine senator who had been asked several months ago to negotiate the release of the hostages. He said it appears “he was executed because of the failure to pay the ransom” – although none of the circumstances are clear.

The men on the motorcycle, Mr. Gordon said, left a chilling message as they departed.

“They threw it, and they said, ‘We will be back.’ We don’t know why they said that.”

Abu Sayyaf, the jihadi group that allegedly killed Mr. Ridsdel…has pledged allegiance to Islamic State…


Elsewhere, Al Qaeda claims responsibility for murder of gay rights activist in Bangladesh

The Bangladeshi branch of Al Qaeda claimed responsibility Tuesday for the killing of a gay rights activist and his friend, undermining the prime minister’s insistence just hours earlier that her political opponents were to blame for the attack and for a rising tide of violence against secular activists and writers.

The claim by Ansar-al-islam — which said it targeted the two men on Monday night because they were “pioneers of practicing and promoting homosexuality” — raised doubts about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s repeated assurances that authorities have the security situation under control.

The victims of the attack were identified as Xulhaz Mannan, an activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, and his friend, theater actor Tanay Majumder. Mannan, a cousin of former Foreign Minister Dipu Moni of the governing party, was also an editor of Bangladesh’s first gay rights magazine, Roopbaan. Majumder sometimes helped with the publishing, local media said.

Mannan had written openly about the frustration of living “in the closet” as a gay man in Bangladesh, where homosexual relations are considered a crime. In a May 2014 blog, he said gays and lesbians in Bangladesh experience “A country where the predominant religions say you are a sinner, the law of the land says you are a criminal, the social norms say you are a pervert, the culture considers you as imported.”

He launched the magazine in 2014, giving the country’s small and secretive lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community its first open platform. Earlier this month, he tried to organize a Rainbow Rally in the capital, but was foiled when police briefly detained him and three others.

Ansar-al Islam, the Bangladeshi branch of Al Qaeda on the Indian subcontinent, or AQIS, claimed responsibility in a Twitter message on Tuesday for what it called a “blessed attack” on Mannan and Majumder.

It said the two were killed because they were “pioneers of practicing and promoting homosexuality in Bangladesh” and were “working day and night to promote homosexuality … with the help of their masters, the U.S. crusaders and its Indian allies.”


But the U.S. media is focused on transgender bathrooms.

Canada: CBC won’t name swimming pool sex assault suspect – because he’s Muslim migrant

 

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Source: CBC won’t name swimming pool sex assault suspect — because he’s a Muslim migrant – The Rebel

Terrible mass sexual assault in a Lethbridge hotel swimming pool on Saturday. Two young girls, and a grown woman, were attacked in the Holiday Inn.

 

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Archdiocese of Toronto looking for 74% increase in (mostly Muslim) refugee sponsorships

Has the archdiocese become the archenemy? via: Archdiocese looking for huge jump in refugee sponsorships

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The Archdiocese of Toronto is asking Ottawa for the chance to sponsor another 4,000 refugees over the coming year, said Martin Mark, director of the refugee office.

But the ambition of Toronto Catholics may be on a collision course with a hard cap on the number of private sponsorships Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is willing to process.

This year’s request for 4,000 spaces is a 74-per-cent increase over last year’s request for 2,300 places for Archdiocese of Toronto-sponsored refugees.

In an effort to winnow down a backlog of 51,683 applications in the private sponsorship system, Ottawa is limiting the number of new private sponsorship applications in 2016 to 10,500.

“The purpose of the caps is to reduce processing wait times,” Immigration spokesperson Jessica Seguin told The Catholic Register in an e-mail. “Lengthy delays create frustration for sponsors and are inhumane to refugee applicants.”

Somali refugees currently wait an average of 45 months (almost four years) from the time the Nairobi visa post receives an application to when Immigration makes a final decision.

Though the cap on private sponsorship applications has more than doubled from last year’s 5,000 limit, this year’s national quota includes Iraqis and Syrians. Last year, applications to sponsor refugees from Syria and Iraq were unlimited — free reign that the Archdiocese of Toronto and other sponsorship agreement holders fully exploited.

Ottawa plans to admit between 15,000 and 18,000 privately sponsored refugees, between 24,000 and 25,000 government-assisted refugees and between 2,000 and 3,000 in the blended category. Added to the sponsored refugees are between 10,000 and 11,000 refugees who apply for protection after arriving in Canada plus reunification of refugees in Canada with family abroad. In total, Canada plans to admit between 51,000 and 57,000 refugees this year — more than half of whom will be Syrians.

Currently, the Canadian visa office in Amman, Jordan, has a backlog of more than 9,000 mainly Syrian refugee sponsorship applications.

In addition to asking for almost 40 per cent of Ottawa’s self-imposed quota for refugee applications, the Archdiocese of Toronto finds itself in competition with the generosity and eagerness of churches and community groups across the country who are trying to sponsor as many refugees as they can. 

The Catholic Church in Toronto is one of 100 sponsorship agreement holders which feed into the private sponsorship system. Those organizations have already submitted about 4,000 applications this year, even though Ottawa asked they hold off on new applications until Immigration assigns a quota to each sponsorship agreement holder. Sponsorship agreement holders will receive their 2016 application quotas early in April.

The archdiocese respected the request to hold back, but now finds itself wondering whether it will lose quota to the more aggressive groups who continued to submit during the moratorium.

“In its final allocation of spaces, (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) will take into account what submissions are currently in the system as well as new expressions of interest submitted by the SAH (sponsorship agreement holder) community,” said Seguin.

The 2016 refugee target of 55,800 is an 80-per-cent increase over the 2015 target of 24,800.

The Office of Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto will lead a volunteer expedition to Lebanon starting March 28 to select new refugees for its sponsorship program.


Wall Street’s got nothing on the church-Muslim-refugee racket.

Canada: Quebec Muslim arrested, tried to join ISIS

Source: Quebecer Ismael Habib faces terrorism-related charge – Montreal – CBC News

A 28-year-old Quebec man has been charged with attempting to leave Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group.

Ismael Habib made a brief court appearance in Montreal on Friday morning to be formally charged.

The RCMP has also charged him with making a false statement to obtain a passport

Habib was initially arrested in Gatineau last week and charged with criminal harassment, uttering threats and forging documents.

A bail hearing must be held in Gatineau for those charges before a court will decide whether to grant Habib bail on the terrorism-related charges.

“We’re opposing bail,” Crown prosecutor Lynne Décarie said following Habib’s court appearance. “It will be up to a judge to decide, but the Crown doesn’t believe he should get bail.”

He was transferred to Montreal because of the RCMP investigation.

Habib’s legal address is in the Montreal neighbourhood of Anjou, but the RCMP said he lives Gatineau.

He will be back in court March 14 to set a date for the Montreal bail hearing. The Gatineau bail hearing takes place on March 19.

Décarie declined to provide additional details about the case, such as Habib’s intended destination. But she didn’t rule out the possibility that further charges could be laid.

“It’s in constant evolution,” she said of the case. “The investigation is ongoing. And all this has to be analyzed in a very short time.”


More: Terrorist’s wife sent gun-toting pic to his girlfriend

Ismael Habib, 28, is also accused of making false statements in order to obtain a passport.

But the young man, who moved to Gatineau with his new girlfriend in December — while his wife and young children were allegedly in Turkey or Syria — first has to answer to four charges in Gatineau, for criminal harassment, uttering death threats and possessing false identification.

While the accusations faced by Habib in Gatineau and Montreal constitute two separate cases, they do appear to be linked, if only through Habib’s wife.

Romaissa, a Montrealer whose last name is covered under a court-ordered publication ban, has allegedly been in the Middle East with the couple’s two young children for the past year.

It appears things were not entirely smooth on the homefront.

She sent a photo to her husband’s ex-girlfriend — later presented in Gatineau court — of herself with her head and face completely covered. She holds her daughter in one hand and a Kalashnikov rifle in the other.

The message to the girlfriend was “You think you can win against this?,” Le Droit has reported.

Habib’s father-in-law testified in Gatineau that he believed his daughter was radicalized and worried for his grandchildren. As for Habib, he was not necessarily radicalized, but was trying to deepen his understanding of his faith, the father-in-law said.

Video statements made to the police by Habib and by his ex-girlfriend and shown in Gatineau court suggest he follows a strict form of Islam, which demands that women have their faces covered in public.

According to his now ex-girlfriend, Habib kept videos of beheadings and other materials related to ISIL on his tablet computer, and threatened to blow her up in her car.

When police in Gatineau arrested him in late February, he was carrying false identification, and also had in his possession a machine to clone credit cards as well as three cellphones, court has heard.


And last but not least: Montrealer suspected of trying to join ISIL back in court March 30

A former Montrealer charged with trying to leave Canada to participate in terrorist acts is expected back in court in Montreal March 30.

Habib was formally charged with trying to leave the country to commit terrorist acts, the same charge for which a Montreal teenager was convicted in December, and which carries a possible sentence of 10 years in jail.

Toronto: Muslim stabs 2 at military recruiting center, said ‘Allah told me to do this, kill people’

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Source: Accused in military stabbing said ‘Allah told me to do this’: police | Globalnews.ca

The alleged attacker in the double stabbing at a Canadian Forces recruitment centre said “Allah told me to do this” and investigators are considering possible terrorism charges, Toronto’s police chief says.

Chief Mark Saunders told reporters Tuesday the accused said at the scene “Allah told me to do this. Allah told me to come here and kill people.”

He added it’s believed the accused, 27-year-old Ayanle Hassan Ali, acted alone but that investigators are looking into any possible connections with terror groups.

Saunders said Ali is a Montreal-born Canadian citizen living in Toronto since 2011. He said the accused had no prior contact with police.

He said that while Ali’s alleged comments “would fit a profile” of a terror-inspired attack, it was too soon to ascribe a motive.

RCMP and federal agencies are involved in the case and terrorism charges aren’t being ruled out, Saunders said.

“The investigation is incredibly early. There has to be a lot of analysis that has to be done so that we can give a full and proper picture as to what exactly motivated this act.”

Police are trying to establish a timeline of Ali’s activities leading up to and well before the incident, and anyone with information should contact them, Saunders added.

He cautioned the public shouldn’t “go through that Islamophobia nonsense” in the wake of the attack.

Can you believe these fools? Muslims attack and they immediately rush out to stifle any dissent, any discussion about the threat of Islamic jihad as “Islamophobia nonsense.”

Police initially announced five charges against Ali but court documents say he faces nine offences: three counts each of attempted murder and assault with a weapon, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of weapons dangerous.

Saunders said Ali walked into the office located in a federal government building in north Toronto end around 3 p.m. Monday and slashed a male soldier behind the counter in the arm with a “large knife,” then tried and failed to stab a female soldier before being subdued by Forces members, one of whom was injured in the process.

Saunders said Ali walked into the office located in a federal government building in north Toronto end around 3 p.m. Monday and slashed a male soldier behind the counter in the arm with a “large knife,” then tried and failed to stab a female soldier before being subdued by Forces members, one of whom was injured in the process.

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