Amid Trump’s ban: PM Justin Trudeau says refugees welcome in Canada

  • Canadian PM issued first reaction to U.S. president’s controversial order
  • He said refugees, regardless of their faith, are welcome in Canada
  • He also said Canadian gov’t in close contact with U.S. counterparts

CANADA – Amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial order banning the entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country is open to refugees regardless of their religion.

In his social media accounts, Trudeau emphasized diversity as he stressed an open-door policy for refugees seeking a new life in Canada.

“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada”, read his post.

A photo showing him welcoming a little girl into Canada was included in the post.

In another post, Trudeau also sought to allay fears of Canadians traveling to the U.S. as he revealed his government is in contact with their American counterparts.

“Senior officials have been working to seek clarity for Canadians from the US Department of Homeland Security and ?US Department of Transportation, amongst other counterparts. I instructed our National Security Advisor, Daniel Jean, who was in touch over the course of the day with NSA Flynn to seek further clarification,” read his statement. “NSA Flynn confirmed that holders of Canadian passports, including dual citizens, will not be affected by the ban. We have been assured that Canadian citizens travelling on Canadian passport will be dealt with ?in the usual process. As we receive new information, we will continue to share on this and other channels.”

Trudeau has granted entry to nearly 40,000 Syrian refugees escaping conflict in their home country in 2016. His government is also planning to take in another 260,000 immigrants this year.

Trump’s executive order banning citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen has sparked anger both at home and abroad; with critics deriding it as racist and unconstitutional.

A federal judge has issued a restraining order against the removal of refugees or immigrants with valid visas who are already in the U.S.

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