Immigration lawyer warns taking in Gazan refugees presents “serious security risks”

By Clayton DeMaine, True North Wire

Sergio Karas, a Canadian citizenship and immigration lawyer, warns of the potentially disastrous consequences of the federal government’s plan to take in refugees from Gaza.

In an Op-Ed published by the Macdonald Laurier Institute, Karas raised the alarm about welcoming a population which could have ties to terrorist organizations and, more generally, harbour antisemitic views.

He warned of a need for strict security measures due to an increase in illegal anti-Israel encampment protests and antisemitism in Canada.

“We are dealing with a population that needs to be vetted in a very stringent way,” Karas told True North in an interview. “We don’t want to end up with somebody slipping through the cracks and then finding out that they have connections to Hamas or to any of the other terrorist organizations that are operating in Gaza.”

Karas highlighted a survey from March 2024, which found 71% of people in Gaza and the West Bank endorsed Hamas’ Oct. 7 terror attack, 59% had a preference for Hamas governing Gaza, while only 5% of Palestinians viewed Hamas’ actions on Oct. 7 as a war crime.

“We have to ensure not only that (refugees) are not outright terrorists, but also that they are not connected to any type of militant group because that can spell another trouble for Canada,” he said.

In the article, he said school teachers in the West Bank and Gaza have repeatedly been implicated in endorsing violence against Jews, propagating anti-semitism and military-style training camps for children.

He also noted that Canada’s intelligence agency warned of a rise in violent extremism in the wake of the Oct. 7 attack and that its terrorist threat agency warned of future domestic attacks motivated by the Israel-Hamas conflict.


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