Refugees are welcome in Canada says Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. But what were the calamitous happenings that have made the PM come out with such a statement?
It all happened outside the borders of Canada in the USA. Soon after he was sworn in as the President of the United States and true to his campaign promise, Donald Trump signed an executive order that has its ramifications across the globe even though the fallout is restricted to just seven countries. The order bans all immigrants and even visa holders from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the USA for 90 days. It even prohibits all refugee admissions for 120 days, bans Syrian refugees indefinitely and puts Christian refugees at the front of the line.
This act that plays right into the hands of Muslim terrorism propaganda that theirs is a persecuted lot in the hands of America. Surprisingly, no immigrants from all the seven countries on the ban order – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia have been responsible for even one American death due to terrorist attacks in the USA. They are just fleeing oppression, violence and war in their respected countries. Slamming the door on their faces has raised a hue and cry around the world.
What has shown Trump in bad light is blocking Muslim refugees from Muslim countries while giving precedence to Christian refugees. Syrians have been singled out by Trump. Anyone from that country, including those fleeing the civil war that has already devastated the nation has been blocked indefinitely from entering the United States of America.
It is here that the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has donned the mantle of saviour for refugees. On Saturday, he emphatically stated that his country will welcome refugees blocked by the Trump administration. He tweeted, “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToCanada”. Immigration lawyers in Vancouver, BC are also working overtime to ensure that the refugees get a smooth passage into the country.
A spokeswoman of Trudeau said that the PM has plans to discuss the success of Canada’s refugee policy with Trump. Kate Purchase said, “The Prime Minister is looking forward to discussing the successes of Canada’s immigration and refugee policy with the President when they next speak”.
Justin Trudeau has always been sympathetic to those escaping from persecution in foreign lands. Soon after assuming charge as the Prime Minister of Canada, Trudeau welcomed about 39,000 Syrian refugees into the country. On Saturday, he also posted a picture date marked 2015 on Twitter that shows him greeting a Syrian refugee child at the Toronto airport.
Trudeau has received unqualified support from Toronto Mayor John Tory who called his city one of the most diverse in the world. In a statement he said, “We understand that as Canadians we are almost all immigrants and that no one should be excluded on the basis of their ethnicity or nationality”.
Canada now definitely remains the last hope for refugees from the banned countries on Trump’s list.