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A realistic assessment of the security threat from ‘irregular migrants’

By Phil Gurski      

We are a land of immigrants and proudly so. We can do the best job possible to ensure that those who intend us harm are prevented from coming here. Even if a few trickle through this is not the time to throw out the baby with the bath water. Our future economic success relies on robust immigration. It would be good to remember that.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, pictured recently in a scrum in the West Block foyer. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—One duty that a government or state has to treat seriously is the protection of its citizenry. Police forces, militaries, security intelligence services, and other bodies are created, resourced and run by various levels of government with the goal of preventing acts of violence or other crimes that make life less enjoyable. The system is not perfect but try to imagine a country where these organizations did not exist. Not a pretty picture, is it?

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