Edmonton attack suspect entered United States through Mexico, officials say

by Abel Hampton October 6, 2017, 0:08

Somali refugee facing multiple charges in Canada over Saturday's attack in Edmonton, Alberta was ordered deported from the U.S.by immigration authorities roughly a year before he was granted asylum in Canada.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government will be examining the circumstances that allowed Sharif into Canada.

"We're looking into the whole system and we'll reflect on whether we need to do things differently in the future than the way they were done in 2012", he added. While he did not know the specifics of the case, he said he "significantly" strengthened immigration security screening but was stymied by the courts, opposition parties and the Obama administration.

A police scanner recording posted on Live Leak revealed those frantic moments: "He's hitting pedestrians here", says an officer.

Sharif was transferred to ICE custody at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, California, on July 15, 2011. He was carrying no documents and had no legal status to enter the United States, the agency said on Wednesday, and was immediately taken into custody. "If they're in the United States, they can go through the American refugee system".

Two months later, on September 22, 2011, an immigration judge ordered Sharif removed to Somalia.

Sharif had been detained in the United States and ordered to be deported in 2011, but because he was not detained for criminal activity he was able to make an asylum claim in Canada.

Mr Sharif had no known criminal history at the time of his encounters with Ice. He also increased the amount of information-sharing between Canada and the United States. "That's the basis of the Safe Third Country agreement". "There is no reason we should allow anybody to "asylum shop" by moving from the USA, if their claim is rejected, up here to Canada".

He was later released but failed to report to authorities and, according to Canadian Public Services Minister Ralph Goodale, crossed into Canada in 2012 when he was granted refugee status.

Degrand pointed out that Sharif was not considered to be a threat to the country at that time.

But the RCMP has said the investigation is complex, and no terrorism charges have been laid so far.

"At the end of that exhaustive investigation, there was insufficient evidence to pursue terrorism charges or a peace bond".


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