Man charged in Edmonton attacks was ordered deported from U.S. in 2011

Man charged in Edmonton attacks was ordered deported from U.S. in 2011
From CBC - October 3, 2017

The Somali refugee accusedof stabbing an Edmonton police constable on the weekend and running down four pedestrians was ordered to be deported from the United States in 2011by a U.S. immigration judge, CBC News has learned.

In July 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection transferredAbdulahi HasanSharif into the custody ofU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, Calif., according to Jennifer D. Elzea, acting press secretary for the ICE office of public affairs.

Two months later, on Sept. 22, 2011, an immigration judge ordered Sharif removed to Somalia. Sharif waived his right to appeal that decision.

But Sharif was released on Nov. 23, 2011, on an ICE order of supervision, "due to a lack of likelihood of his removal in the reasonably foreseeable future," Elzea said in a statement to CBC News.

Sharif failed to report to the ICE enforcement and removal operations centre on his scheduled date, Jan. 24, 2012.

"Efforts by ERO San Diego to locate him were not successful," Elzea said.

Sharif had no known criminal history at the time of his dealings with ICE, she said.

Sharif crossed the border into Canada in 2012, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Monday in Ottawa.

GoodalesaidSharifarrived through a "regular port of entry" and obtained refugee status at the time.

In 2012, immigration officialshad no reason to red flagSharif,Goodalesaid. Events in Edmonton over the weekend in no way indicate that Canada's screening process needs to be enhanced, or that the system failed, he said.

It's not known at present whether Sharifmade an asylum claim while in the United States.

If he did make an asylum claim in the United States and that claim was rejected,normally Sharif would not be able to make a claim inCanadaunder the Safe Third Country Rule, said Calgary immigration lawyer Michael Greene.

ButCanada has made exceptions for minors or people with family in Canada, Greene said.


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