Apologists for illegal border crossers are fond of insisting that none of their clients have been involved in terrorist activities in the countries they’ve chosen to sneak into. President Trump was mocked earlier this year for suggesting a porous border was an avenue for jihadists. A trial is underway in Canada currently that will therefore need to be ignored by the migrant-happy U.S. press.
The trial is that of Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a native of Somalia, who is charged with 11 counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault, and vehicular recklessness. Sharif, an ISIS sympathizer, left Somalia in 2008 and traveled through Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, and Angola before flying to Brazil. In Brazil, he hired smugglers to take him to his ultimate goal, the United States. Claiming asylum after crossing the Port of Entry from Tijuana into San Diego, his application was denied and he was ordered deported.
A funny thing happened on the way back to Somalia, however. He didn’t go. It turns out Somalia claims no ability to receive and process deportees, so Sharif became a stateless person. And since the U.S.’s own policies prevent such persons from being indefinitely detained, he was released. He was, however, in the usual naivete affected by officialdom, placed on his honor that he would report in regularly to ICE.
By the time he was to report, Sharif was long gone. On January 9, 2012, with the assistance of a Canadian-based refugee support group, he crossed into Canada, where he applied for refugee status.
Canada has a vetting process to evaluate asylum seekers that involves a criminal background check. Once again, the utter shambles of a nation that his home country is came to Sharif’s defense. Somalia doesn’t keep criminal records on its residents, so his record came back clean(!) and asylum was granted.
Sharif soon came to the attention of Canadian counter-terrorism officials when his frequent wild-eyed Islamist rants frightened co-workers. He was interviewed in 2015 in connection with those rants, but was released due to lack of evidence and labeled “not a threat.”
Finally, on September 30, 2017, Sharif snapped. Driving a car carrying an ISIS flag outside an Edmonton soccer stadium, he sped straight into a police officer, tossing him 15 feet through the air, then jumped out and began stabbing the officer in the face and hands.
(For video of the savage attack on the policeman, Mike Chernyk, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp9A5GPnEOs. Viewer discretion is advised.)
Three hours later, police attempted to stop a U-Haul truck driven by Sharif, who fled. In the resulting chase, he struck four more pedestrians before the truck overturned and he was arrested. Each of the victims, including Officer Chernyk, recovered.
Although charged with attempted murder and other felonies, Sharif has never been charged with terrorism, though that’s clearly what his actions were. Canadian officials, like their American counterparts, are anxious to protect their open-borders policies and dare not admit the end result of those policies. On the American side, Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) of the House Oversight and Reform Committee officially inquired of the Department of Homeland Security about the U.S. role in the Sharif story.
In the inquiry, Gowdy cited OIG reports that showed “ICE was neither screening nor checking databases for all aliens from countries of national security concern, which would include Somalia” (emphasis added.) He summarized as follows: “The Committee is deeply concerned the vulnerabilities existing in 2011, which allowed this individual to enter, be released, and transit through the U.S. may still exist today.”
Don’t expect a lot of media coverage of Sharif’s trial. All the news that fits, you know.
For more, see the Center for Immigration Studies website.