Syrian refugee wants to bring 250 more refugees to Canada
A Syrian refugee, Hassan al-Kontar, wants to help up to 250 more refugees relocate to Canada.
Al-Kontar received worldwide acclaim after he spent seven months stranded in an airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was subsequently helped in his relocation to Canada by a charity.
StatCan has come out with a new report that finds “established” immigrant families are doing slightly better than Canadian-born households are, beating out generational Canadian households by nearly 10%.
The agency’s new report, “The Wealth of Immigrant Families in Canada,” found that Canada’s immigrants are big investors in the real estate market, meaning that newcomers to the country are carrying more debt than the typical Canadian-born person is.
The silver lining to the heavy debt typically carried by immigrant families is that they also have more accumulated wealth than Canadian-born families, according to the same data released on Tuesday by StatCan.
By StatCan’s definitions, “established immigrant families’ are one where the major earner is 45 to 64 years old and has been in Canada for at least 20 years. This would eliminate refugees as we know of them today, and would instead be immigrants from more stable economic backgrounds.
Those established immigrant households average a net worth of $1.06 million. Comparatively, households with Canadian-born major earner aged 45 to 64 had an average net worth of $979,000. A different of just less than $100,000.
Canadian-born households saw an increase in wealth from 1999 to 2016, a growth of 88.6 per cent. The established immigrant households saw an increase of wealth by just 69.6 per cent within that same time frame.
For the established immigrant families, nearly 70 per cent of all wealth growth between those years came from real estate. On the flip side, only 39 per cent of Canadian-born families wealth came from real estate.
According to StatCan, “Most of the wealth growth came from an increase in house prices and growth in the value of retirement pension plans.” This data clearly shows that immigrant families are much more dependant on real estate than the typical Canadian-born family.
Putting all of your chips on red can be a risky maneuver, as focusing mainly on real estate puts immigrant families in a position of vulnerability and susceptibility to debt crisis.
“Non-immigrant families with a major earner aged 45 to 64 had, on average, debt equal to 137 per cent of household income in 2016. For immigrant families, the ratio is a much higher 217 percent,” the study says.
StatCan does note that although the immigrant families do carry higher debt, they still do not show signs that they’re unable to manage their debts to any greater degree than others.
“The study finds no evidence that immigrant families use payday loans, withdraw money from registered retirement savings plans or pay off only part of their monthly credit card balances to a greater extent than Canadian-born families of similar age do,” the report stated.
A Lebanese national who came to Canada in 2015 has been found complicit in crimes against humanity for his time working as a mechanic for the Islamic State, according to Global News.
Arriving into Canada claiming refugee status, the man, whose name has not been made public, made numerous trips to Syria to work on military-style vehicles for ISIS, and also supervised and led other ISIS mechanics.
By doing so, he made a “knowing and significant contribution to ISIS,” says the Refugee Appeal Division. The vehicles also would have needed high-level expertise in auto electrical systems, a skill-set that the unnamed man had. Military vehicles are “vital to the success of ISIS” and were used for suicide bombings, as well as combat.
This information also allows for a clear decision to be made, as the man is now ineligible for refugee status. The federal officials would not say if he has been detained or deported, though.
According to Global News, The Canadian embassy in Beirut approved his Visa in the spring of 2015, after a relative who lives in Canada sent a letter of invitation. He made a refugee claim later that year in September of 2015.
Three months later, government agencies intervened in the man’s immigration process, arguing that he was ineligible for refugee status for his complicit behaviour in ISIS crimes.
The decision was recently upheld by Patricia O’Connor of the Refugee Appeal Division, who dismissed the unnamed man’s claim that his time with the Islamic State was brief, and only under duress.
The man, originally working as a mechanic in Zahlé, a Lebanese city close to the border of Syria, was asked by a customer to repair vehicles at a location 30 to 40 minutes away.
After making the journey, he was taken to a hanger in a Sunni Muslim area where he was searched for any weapons. The man, a Christian, was forced to remove his cross, and his cell phone was taken away.
In the hangar were 15 to 20 vehicles, one of which still wet with blood from a prior conflict.
The vehicles had been militarized, which he knowingly helped to repair them for future battles with ISIS
The IRB says the man was paid “a lot of cash” for his involvement. “He said that they treated him well, paid him generously and trusted him to the extent that he was brought to ISIS locations in Lebanon and Syria.”
His involvement with ISIS ended in May 2015, and thus began his journey to Canada.
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Canadian cab driver sentenced to 16 months in US prison for smuggling illegal immigrants under Detroit river
A Canadian from Windsor has been sentenced to 16 months in a US prison for human smuggling.
WWJ News reports that 53-year-old Juan Antonio Garcia-Jimenez, a naturalized Canadian resident from Guatemala, smuggled six aliens into the United States between July 30, 2018 and August 25, 2018.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said that an investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, ICE and RCMP led to Garcia-Jimenez’s arrest.
Schneider said that Garcia-Jimenez’s would instruct the illegal aliens when and where to enter into the underground railway tunnel in order to avoid trains carrying cargo from Canada. They would then walk 1.6 miles on the narrow walkaway, which was reportedly only 17 inches wide.
Each of the illegal immigrants paid Garcia-Jimenez $1,500 to be taken to the train tunnel. They were all arrested by border patrol agents, charged with illegal entry and sent back to Canada.
Garcia-Jimenez was also ordered to pay $8,680 in fines.
We have equality at last in Canada: cruelty disguised as charity. For nearly four years, many Canadians expressed their frustration at the fact that the Canadian state seemed to be putting the interests of refugees over the interests of the Canadian people.
As it turns out, the refugees were not worth a damn to the Liberals either.
The same Liberals who denied the existence of a #WelcomeToCanada border problem, called people unCanadian if they disagreed, then created a new cabinet position for border security. The same ones who went around asking media to call the illegal border crossings “irregular” instead.
Now, in an election year scramble, the Liberals will try to boot asylum seekers without a hearing. It is a desperate overcorrection that many commentators predict will not be upheld in the courts. Unfortunately for them, these “legalities” can’t be dealt with by appointing a new attorney general.
Much like the India trip debacle, including the Atwal affair, and the SNC-Lavalin controversy, the Liberals’ problems are entirely of their own making. MP Michelle Rempel explained it best in a recent video.
Rempel makes a good case that the border crisis was a consequence of what I will call the grits’ “virtue-signalling instincts”.
The prime minister’s famous #WelcomeToCanada tweet eight days after the inauguration of President Trump generated a lot of international attention, and that is exactly what the woke prime minister wanted. It was 2015+2, after all.
It was refreshing to hear Rempel also bring up Chrystia Freeland’s mindless Trump bashing Europe and around the world as she served as Canada’s foreign minister during the USMCA negotiations.
However, I would go even further than Rempel in terms of questioning the Liberals’ motivations.
Perhaps, after the ridiculous handling of the SNC-Lavalin controversy, we are to believe that Trudeau and Freeland really just did not realize that their eye-poking of the planet’s hegemon could harm their citizens.
In effect, they lured refugees to our country, just to throw them around the planet in an election scramble. Cruelty disguised as charity.
The bigger picture
Parties are not just a collection of people. It is like a body that replaces its cells over time. Like a body, a party has an institutional memory, a culture that develops naturally as individuals pursue the group interest insofar as they coincide with personal interests.
The Liberal Party is the only federal party that boasts institutional continuity back to the times before women could vote. It goes back to the times when this country had a Liberal prime minister who wrote his PhD dissertation on why those of my race should not live in this country; it goes back to when good old Pierre invaded Quebec, looted Alberta, and broke the bank; and it goes back to the Sponsorship Scandal, which in retrospect we will call “LavScam Lite”.
This tired party is in desperate need for renewal, for the health of our country. I am convinced that that big red machine is beyond reform, and that it is no longer institutionally capable of distinguishing the nation’s interests from partisan ones.
We can only hope that Trudeau Jr. proves to be the extinction burst before a new page in Canadian history. It is time for this particular organization to finally be democratically put to bed, once and for all.