Edmonton, Canada to throw money and programs at the immigrant crime problem

We have so many posts on Somali murders in Edmonton that I’ve lost track of them (check our Canada category if you are interested).

And, I don’t want to make this the Canadian refugee watch blog, but it’s just that lots of interesting news is coming from Canada these days.

I could barely stand reading this story in the Edmonton Sun, because it’s the typical leftist solution to crime—let’s throw money and create task forces to create programs to prevent crime.

Here is one bit:

More than 120 members are a part of REACH that emerged out of the mayor’s Taskforce on Community Safety back in 2009.

There are 30 initiatives in the works through the program to support those in the community that need it most – specifically, youth and immigrant families who may be struggling.

“If you spend on prevention, then you save huge down the road,” said Daniller. [Really? Got some facts on that?—ed]

“We have a goal of making Edmonton a safe community. Our mission is to do it in one generation by focusing on crime prevention.”

I have an idea, why not simply try swift criminal justice—prosecutions and long prison sentences (or that novel idea Canada already has—deporting to places like Mogadishu—that might scare them straight!)—to deter crime.

We know how that government “programs” and public funding has worked out for the UK, right?

In Canada refugee criminals to be tracked down with the help of the media; deported

I guess they really are getting serious north of the border!   Below is a story about the Winnipeg Sun helping to track down a criminal refugee by publishing his photo.

By the way, deporting someone to Somalia is a big deal!  We reported on one such case here where a Somali convicted as a gang member in Canada was just dropped off in Mogadishu.  Did you know the US doesn’t deport to Somalia?  We just keep them in prison, like the Minneapolis rapist we reported yesterday, at taxpayer expense.

Or, like Omar Jamal we just let them stay (with no jail time) to become community agitators for the Somali “community.”  For fun I checked to see how many times we discussed Jamal (the Somali Jesse Jackson) over the last 4 years and it’s 60 times (see our Omar Jamal archive here.)!  Jamal had been convicted in Tennessee of immigration fraud after sneaking in here from Canada.  I wonder if we can give him back to Canada?  But I digress….

From the Toronto Sun:

WINNIPEG – Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says refugee criminals on the lam in Canada could soon face the same wrath as suspected war criminals who are being arrested after QMI Agency began publishing their names and pictures this summer.

And the Winnipeg Sun has played a key role in making that happen, says Toews.

He credits the paper for its series of stories last year on refugee criminal Mohamed Said Jama, who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant and eventually captured after his name and picture were featured in the Sun. [We reported on Jama here in 2010]

Jama — who had a lengthy violent, criminal record and has since been deported to his native Somalia — was caught shortly after his name and photograph was published.

Toews said that opened his eyes to how powerful a tool the media can be in capturing refugee criminals and suspected war criminals on the loose in Canada.

The minister said his department is now looking at expanding that program to help track down convicted foreign criminals like Jama who are hiding out in Canada.

Go for it!

P.S.  I note they don’t mind using the “r” word (refugee)  in conjunction with criminal activity either.

Public housing scarce in Australia for the thousands of arriving refugees

Below are just a couple of excerpts from an article about refugees being hard hit with an Australian housing shortage (or more accurately, a public housing shortage).  Refugee mental health issues complicate matters.

From Crikey:

Cases such as this* prompted Webster and her colleagues at MARS [Migrant and Refugee Services] to push for funding from Anglicare for a research report on the community they serve. Long Way Home?’ The plight of African refugees obtaining decent housing in Western Sydney was published late last year. The report found that access to decent, affordable medium- to long-term housing was unattainable for many African refugees in Western Sydney — and that mental health was one of the barriers.

*Here is one of the cases cited in the article:

For MARS worker Monica Biel, this is a harsh reality. Biel has been assisting a disabled Sudanese woman who lives with her 16-year-old daughter and her daughter’s nine-month-old baby. The family were evicted from their Merrylands home and left homeless after their landlord put up the rent.

They managed to escape spending the night in a train station after a fellow Sudanese community member found them a bed in a garage. ”They got a tiny room, with one small bed,” said Biel.

Desperate for somewhere better to stay, the family went to the Department of Housing at various times for help but were told by department staff that there was no housing for them and they must leave. Despite pleas for help, Biel was told that the family was ineligible for emergency housing.

Read the whole article for more such stories (one is about a mentally ill Iraqi) as first world countries act as life boats for Africa and the Middle East.

Meanwhile, more asylum seekers are held in detention and are demonstrating/rioting and harming themselves in order to pressure the Australian government to let them in.