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American Senators Question Canada’s Syrian Refugee Plan

By February 4, 2016 No Comments

On Wednesday February 3, 2016, the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security committee held a hearing on Canada’s Fast-Track Refugee Plan: Unanswered Questions and Implications for U.S, National Security. 

The U.S. Senators were looking for reassurances that Canada (the closest ally of the U.S.) is not taking any “shortcuts” in this immigration policy.

David Harris, the Mackenzie Institute’s Advisory Board member and Director of INSIGNIS Strategic Research Inc., participated in the hearing, saying he had concerns about Canada’s ability to screen 25,000 refugees in four months. “There is little doubt that those in Canada tasked with the job of screening refugees are doing the best they can given the constraints, but the constraints are significant and we must be realistic about that fact.”

Listen to the full hearing.

David Harris begins speaking at :33:45; at 1:19:37; and again at 1:52:48.

Four witnesses spoke: one U.S. border patrol guard and three Canadians.

  • Guidy Mamann, Senior Partner, Mamann, Sandaluk & Kingwell, LLP, Toronto, Canada (Download Testimony)

  • David B. Harris, Director, International Intelligence Program, INSIGNIS Strategic Research, Inc., Ottawa, Canada (Download Testimony)

  • Dean Mandel, Border Patrol Agent, Buffalo Sector, U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Testifying on behalf of the National Border Patrol Council (Download Testimony)

  • Laura Dawson, Ph.D., Director, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Download Testimony)