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Canada takes hard line on migrant tiger terrorists

Aug 18, 2010 7:06:49 AM - itnnews.lk

Canada takes a hardline on migrant tiger terrorists. A Canadian tribunal yesterday ordered continued detention for the first person interviewed in a group of 492 Tamil asylum seekers including many terrorists that reached Vancouver last week aboard a battered cargo ship.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, citing sovereignty, “significant security concerns” and “increasing” human smuggling for financial gain, said authorities will screen each of the migrants individually.

He told reporters that it was a fundamental exercise of sovereignty and they were responsible for the security of their borders and the ability to welcome people or not welcome people when they come.

He also said that they were a land of refuge, but at the same time he thought that people were concerned when they come not through any normal arrival. The Tamil migrants including LTTE terrorists reached Canada on Friday after a 90-day journey aboard the MV Sun Sea.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews warned that the ship may include members of the Tamil Tigers – a banned terrorist group – and told reporters that the passengers paid up to 50,000 Canadian dollars for the trip.

The Canada Border Services said all 380 men and 63 women are detained, and 49 children are either with their families or in the care of local social services. A security guard brought in the first migrant to be interviewed – a woman, who entered wearing handcuffs.