After Trump's immigrant ban, Justin Trudeau says Canada welcomes those 'fleeing persecution'

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will take in refugees banned from the United States

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will take in refugees banned from the United States

"To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith".

Trudeau later posted the statement on Twitter with the hashtag "ACanadianIsACanadian". The ban affects citizens of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya, including those holding US green cards for 90 days.

Trump's order singled out Syrians for the most aggressive ban, ordering that anyone from that country, including those fleeing civil war, are indefinitely blocked from coming to the United States.

Trudeau followed up this Tweet with another, showing an archive photo of him welcoming a young Syrian refugee to a Canadian airport in 2015. That means, for example, that an Iranian-Canadian green card holder who makes her home in Chicago can not come to Canada to visit her parents and then cross back over the USA border. Trudeau has not directly criticised Trump though.

"We have been assured that Canadian citizens travelling on Canadian passport will be dealt with ‎in the usual process".

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Protests were held outside airports across the US on Saturday following the Trump's order, including at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City where about 50 people were detained for several hours. "There's millions of refugees, millions, and Canada's taking so very few either as percentage of its population or as a percentage of its size". Instead, the real estate mogul again tweeted attacks on The New York Times and the Washington Post, calling the newspapers' political coverage "so false and angry".

In any event, the ban had the effect of, for example, preventing Iraqis who had assisted the US military and were in transit to the United States from reaching safety on American shores.

In addition, Canada passed a law in 2004 that effectively bans anyone entering Canada via the United States from claiming refugee status at the border, called the Safe Third Country Agreement.

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 US over the next several months.

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