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Op-Ed: Why I oppose Ottawa becoming a sanctuary city

Iranian dissident Shabnam Assadollahi explains why she opposes Ottawa becoming a sanctuary city for Syrian refugees: “Have you examined what is happening in European countries as a result of the huge influx of immigrants they are receiving?”
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I heard that the city of Ottawa is considering becoming a "sanctuary" city. As an immigrant and former political child prisoner of the notorious Evin prison in the Islamic Republic of Iran and as an international award winning human rights advocate, I have no issues with Ottawa welcoming immigrants and refugees, as long as they are here legally and Canada takes in numbers that we can readily accommodate. As a professional working on a daily basis with refugees and newcomers, I hear their devastation by this so called "open-border" policy in Canada. Every immigrant and newcomer I have spoken to strongly believes in upholding the rule of law and in maintaining national security and they are so fearful about their families safety and security. It is also very important for our nation's capital to set an example by following the law, for example, by having our police forces cooperate with Border Services in areas populated by immigrants. 

I recently watched a video by a U.S. immigration expert, who spoke of the U.S. immigration experience and the effect of having large numbers of illegal immigrants on the economy, on crime, on drugs, on wages and so on. I was left with very deep concern about the implications of living next door to the U.S. at a time when the US government is deporting illegal immigrants from the U.S. if they have a criminal record or if they are terror suspects. I expect that we will see increasing numbers of these people streaming across the Canadian borders to avoid being deported to Mexico or elsewhere, and as a nation, do we really want these people living in Canada?  As more Canadian cities consider becoming sanctuary cities, based on the U.S. experience, our Canadian cities may have difficulty absorbing these people, with not enough jobs for them, increasing crime rates, lower wages, etc. As a hardworking taxpaying Ottawa resident, having senior level parents living alone who are frustrated by this scary news, I would be extremely disappointed to see it happen.

Have you examined what is happening in European countries as a result of the huge influx of immigrants they are receiving? Those nations are weekly experiencing chaotic events, riots, murders, rapes, etc. Although the media has been encouraged by the European Union not to associate crime with Islamic immigration, the truth is that the 500% increase in rape, for example, are related to those coming from Islamic majority counties. President Donald Trump is acting to protect America based on these examples and it is my professional opinion he is very prudent and discerning. It has already been proven that the vast majority of immigrants are not even the women and children we might out of compassion hope to help. Often, young, strong males are coming and they are a restless bunch! Remember the old saying, "Idle hands are the devil's playground"? For many Europeans, they are learning the meaning of this first hand, are suffering much and are very unhappy. It is, in fact, inspiring uprisings. 

Do we want civil war on the streets of Canada? When it is more cost effective for world leaders to find less expensive means to care for immigrants in the Middle East, ask the American President when they can resettle back in their homeland. When those restless men believe unveiled women are free game sex slaves, no joke, it makes total sense to keep them in the Middle East. There are plenty of YouTube videos made by people who are documenting the insanity in their countries. It would be an awful shame for the women of Canada to have to dye their hair black and where chastity underwear like girls in Sweden do. That would be on your hands if you freely open our doors to a huge influx of immigrants. 

Are we a country seeking to please the European Union or a biased United Nations? Or, are we interested in preserving our people and our majestic country? Cars set aflame through the streets of our cities does not sound desirable. I know how welcoming Canadians are and indeed we are! But, we also have to be wise protecting this country and our peaceful and beautiful cities we live in. I hope that you agree with me and five members of my family and speak out against this dangerous suggestion.

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JOL Blogger | Shabnam Assadollahi
Shabnam Assadollahi is a multi-award-winning Canadian human rights activist and freelance writer/journalist of Iranian origin. She has a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and has worked extensively helping newcomers and refugees resettle in Canada and has distinguished herself as a broadcaster, writer and public speaker. 
 
Shabnam was arrested and imprisoned at age 16 for eighteen months in Iran's most notorious prison, Evin. Shabnam’s primary and heartfelt interest is to focus on the Iranian community and world events affecting women and minority communities.

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