Flight To Canada By "Refugee" Raises Security Concerns

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A Colombian man living in the U.S. was refused permission to enter Canada when he tried to cross the border earlier this month. So he rented a Piper Cherokee in Illinois, flew across the border, landed at Windsor Airport in Ontario and claimed to be a refugee. Officials wouldn't release many details about the case, but said the man was returned to the U.S., according to Canada.com. The incident raised concerns about security. ''The broader question is a very important one,'' said Canadian Senator Colin Kenny, who chairs a committee on national defense. ''What protections are in place in the event the plane was larger and loaded with explosives?" Andrea Kent, spokeswoman for the Canada Border Services Agency, said the pilot wasn't a threat. ''His sole purpose was to apply for entry to Canada,'' she told Canada.com. ''There are no security risks or threats in relation to this case."