It is not surprising to learn that the United States is watching closely as Canada’s new government moves ahead with its Syrian refugee policies.
Recently, a senior officer with the U.S. embassy in Ottawa was overheard at a public gathering on Remembrance Day discussing Washington’s concerns that some among the 25,000 refugees may come intending to travel south and wreak havoc in the USA.
Fear that the Canadian border is a gateway for terror is not new and again appears to be stirring drawing interest among US lawmakers with as many as 1,000 refugees a day expected to arrive in Canada starting Dec. 1.
Canada’s pledge to absorb 25,000 people by year’s end vastly overshadows anything contemplated in Washington, where officials are looking at opening the door to an additional 10,000 refugees by the end of 2016. In per capita terms, Canada’s target is 25 times more generous than what Washington envisions.
Unlike Canada, the Syrian refugee debate south of the border has been become a part of the ongoing political battle over immigration, with Republican front runner Donald Trump warning any large influx of refugees represents a security threat.
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