Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trudeau welcomes refugees after Trump's executive order issued

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Saturday extended Canada's welcome to refugees a day after US President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning people from seven countries from entering the United States.

"To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength," Trudeau tweeted Saturday. He followed it up by tweeting a photo of himself greeting a young Syrian refugee.

Trump on Friday signed an executive order which prohibits citizens of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya from entering the United States in the coming three months, and also bans refugees from Syria indefinitely. Trump said the order would help protect Americans from terrorist attacks.

  • Canada was caught up in the executive order because of some Canadian dual citizens. 

  • The Canadian government didn't immediately offer any direct comment after the US State Department confirmed that dual citizens of the affected countries would not be allowed to enter the United States over the next several months. 

Bijan Ahmadi, president of the Iranian Canadian Congress, said he's outraged by the new policy.

"It's unacceptable. It's very unreasonable," he said. "It's very discriminatory to target people based on their race, their religion, the country of their origin and the country of their birth. And the community has that same outrage."

Canada's WestJet Airlines said it turned back a passenger bound for the United States Saturday in order to comply with the Trump executive order, adding that it will give full refunds to anyone affected by the US executive order, according to Canada TV Saturday.

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