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Jun 4, 2014 0 Comments

Canada On Guard: Assessing the Immigration Security Threat of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba

SFS Policy report No. 1, Canada On Guard: Assessing the Immigration Security Threat of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba, delves into an emerging threat to North American immigration security building on a theme discussed on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on October 2012 and at the Albany Club, Toronto on November 2013 as part of our annual Future of North America Forum.

The report is co-authored by SFS Executive Director Joseph M. Humire, Senior Fellow Fernando D. Menéndez and ISEA’s Managing Director Victoria L. Henderson, and uses several fact-finding trips to Latin America and two declassified Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) intelligence reports to provide specific data on Iran’s exploitation of cracks in Canada’s immigration system. The report also examines Venezuela’s role as a “bridge” for Iranian covert access to Canada, reviews the use of cultural exchange and other soft power strategies to win support for state sponsors of terrorism, and presents preliminary policy recommendations for strengthening Canada’s immigration and national security system.

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About the Author
  • FERNANDO MENÉNDEZ
    FERNANDO MENÉNDEZ Fernando D. Menéndez is a senior fellow at the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), and an economist and expert on the political and economic affairs in Latin America. His work focuses on Cuba, China and emerging economies in the region. Follow him on Twitter @fdmenendez
  • JOSEPH HUMIRE
    JOSEPH HUMIRE Joseph Humire is the executive director of the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS), and an expert on asymmetric warfare. His work focuses on examining transnational threats permeating throughout the Western Hemisphere. Follow him on Twitter @jmhumire
  • VICTORIA HENDERSON
    VICTORIA HENDERSON Victoria L. Henderson is a managing director at the Institute for Social and Economic Analysis (ISEA), based in Canada, and an Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) Fellow at Queen's University. Her work focuses on issues of concern to Canada and its regional partners throughout the Americas. Follow her on Twitter @vlhenderson
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