Canada to try previous U.S.-Mexico border crosser who went on to commit terrorist attack

Canada to try previous U.S.-Mexico border crosser who went on to commit terrorist attack
Hasan Sharif Abdulahi (Image: Edmonton, Alberta mugshot via AP)

[Ed. – As Bensman says, this is the first one we know of: he crossed the border from Mexico illegally, and then went on to commit a terrorist attack (in Canada. This is the Edmonton vehicle-attack guy). Bensman’s list of questions is essential to answer.]

The Sharif case, whether or not it followed the European pattern, nonetheless further establishes a hard proof of concept that anyone from East Africa or the Middle East who is potentially predisposed to terrorist acts can reach the U.S.-Mexico border and gain as much time as they need afterward to do whatever they want.

But the main argument of this post, viewed from a border and homeland security mindset, rather than a political one, is to insist that more should be learned from the Sharif precedent. …

Sharif had been smuggled to the Mexico-California border on July 12, 2011, more than six years earlier … From Tijuana, Sharif walked over to the San Ysidro port of entry on foot with no documents and no legal status to enter the United States, according to the Edmonton Sun. He likely petitioned for political asylum at the San Ysidro port of entry, although that is not publicly confirmed. …

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For reasons that are rarely subject to public disclosure, an immigration judge ordered Sharif deported in September 2011. But Sharif couldn’t be deported. He had to be set free in November 2011…

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