How did a violent 18th Street gang member enter Canada?

U.S. border agents caught and arrested a known 18th Street gang member who tried to enter the United States via Canada.

“A Peruvian national and a Mexican national were apprehended on June 23 near Averill, Vermont,” reads a press release reported by the Toronto Sun. “Record checks revealed that both subjects were previously deported. The Mexican national admitted to being a member of the 18th Street gang. Both individuals were processed for prosecution and removal.”

The Mexican gang member reportedly resisted arrest when being taken down by border agents.

But how did this happen?

Thousands of people are entering Canada from Roxham Road, the most popular crossing destination for illegals entering Canada to claim Asylum, but Canada’s minister of immigration, Ahmed Hussen says they are being detained and screened.

“We don’t want people to illegally enter our border, and doing so is not a free ticket to Canada,” Mr. Hussen said in an interview. “We are saying, ‘You will be apprehended, screened, detained, fingerprinted, and if you can’t establish a genuine claim, you will be denied refugee protection and removed.’ ”

But Canadian officials say there’s a vetting process and Canadians are safe.

Officials don’t know where the 18th Street gang member entered Canada and how long he’s been in the country.

Justin Trudeau lifted visa requirements for Mexican travellers starting Dec.1 2017 saying it will make it easier for Mexicans to enter Canada.

“This move will make it easier for our Mexican friends to visit Canada, while growing our local economies and strengthening our communities.”

Could the gang member have entered Canada this way? It’s hard to say until the full investigation completes.

But could this be a reason President Trump says Canada is a national security threat? Was Trump right? How many more criminals enter Canada without us knowing. Many questions remain.

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Emmy Skylar

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Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News.  She covers politics and the economy.

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