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DR. CATHERINE CHATTERLEY--WE NEED A RESPONSIBLE TIMELINE FOR CANADA'S REFUGEE COMMITMENT

November 19, 2015

Reprinted from The Huffington Post

By Dr. Catherine Chatterley
November 18, 2015

Unfortunately, there is a stubborn quality to the Prime Minister's current commitment to meet his election promise of admitting 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by Christmas.

Canadians are committed to providing charitable relief and accepting immigrants and refugees from war-torn areas of the planet, regardless of their ethnicity or religious background. Visit any major city in Canada to see the obvious truth of this fact. 

This, however, really isn't the issue at the moment.

 

Our current dilemma is the result of a coalescence of a number of important factors: 

1. The so-called "migrant crisis" that is out of control in Europe, and is threatening to destroy the open-borders policy of the EU (Schengen Plan) and potentially stimulate a serious right-wing backlash across Europe; 

2. The recent attacks in Paris and ongoing threats against civilians in European cities, Washington, DC, and Moscow; 

3. The promise made by ISIS that they are sending their fighters to infiltrate Western nations by hiding them amongst refugees from the Middle East and North Africa; and,

4. The very real threat posed by hundreds of young people (over a thousand in France) who are citizens of Western nations and have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS, who then return to the West to commit attacks against their neighbors.

According to the UN High Commission for Refugees, there are 60 million refugees in the world today, higher than at any time since World War II. Given this catastrophic figure, it seems strange for us to be focused only on Syrians. 

There is an easy solution to this current impasse between the facts on the ground today and an election promise made months ago. Set a reasonable timeline and follow the responsible policies of the American government, which takes18-24 months to evaluate the eligibility of all refugees who are vetted by the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center, and the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security. 

 
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