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Canada to Offer Temporary Residency to Persons Affected by President Trump’s Immigration Policy

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada will offer temporary residency to travelers stranded by U.S. President Donald Trump’s orders temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries, a senior official said on Monday.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told a news conference he did not know how many people might be eligible but said only a handful of passengers headed to the United States from Canada had been denied boarding.

Trump on Friday gave an executive order barring citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days

“Let me assure those who may be stranded in Canada that I will use my authority as minister to provide them with temporary residency if they need it,” Hussen said.

Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has refrained from criticising the United States, which takes 75 per cent of Canadian exports, preferring instead to stress Canada is open to refugees.

“Every country has the right to determine their policies,” said Hussen.

The Canadian Council for Refugees and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), called on Ottawa to withdraw from a Safe Third Country agreement with the U.S., under which Canada returns asylum seekers crossing the border.

“There’s a danger that the U.S. is doing blanket detentions and deportations… and not honoring asylum claims,” said CCLA Executive Director Sukanya Pillay.

Such a move would be diplomatically insulting and Hussen said the pact would remain unchanged for now.

Local and national politicians have condemned Trump’s ban and the opposition New Democrats want an emergency debate in the federal Parliament.

The U.S. Consulate in Toronto said it would suspend services on Monday because of a planned demonstration.

More than 200 Canadian technology company founders, executives and investors said on Sunday that Ottawa should immediately give temporary residency to those displaced by Trump’s order.

“(We) understand the power of inclusion and diversity of thought, and that talent and skill know no borders,” they said in an open letter.

Canada wants to attract tech workers from abroad while retaining those who are often lured away.

No fewer than 300,000 Canadians work in California’s Silicon Valley.

Bob Vaez, the Iranian-born chief executive of tech firm Event Mobi, canceled plans on Sunday to accept an industry award in Las Vegas.

“Many event organisers could seek alternative locations. Are they going to keep their conferences in the U.S., knowing that so many people are going to be barred?” he said.

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9 Comments

  1. I’m sure the Muslims won’t forget their hospitality, another way to increase security…….nice strategy

    • Be

      January 30, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Flawed logic. Germany let in muslims, and see whats happening to them.

  2. Michael

    January 30, 2017 at 11:54 am

    SMART Move!! Very Smart. Did this come before or after the shooting at a mosque in Canada?
    I just love how they manage that country, u hardly hear about them in the news.

    • Shandi

      January 30, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      We have lots of crime just like any other country.

  3. Suga

    January 30, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Hmm, OK ooo. With the shooting at the mosque that just happened, Mr prime minister I hope you won’t regret this kind gesture sooner or later. A lion can never be a pet, it may only take a while before it shows its true wild nature. I wish Canadians all the very best!

  4. Sass

    January 30, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Canada’s problems are just about to start. Ask Germany how far

  5. Iris

    January 30, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    *sigh* yet international students and workers waiting for permanent residence and paid for visa die are either still waiting or have been kicked out.

  6. Iris

    January 30, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Have paid*

  7. m

    January 30, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    amo shine Theresa Trudeau how far? hear word o, it is not hate just wisdom. hear word.

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