Says the Toronto Star:
U.S. President Donald Trump’s new executive order has created mass confusion around the world.
Trump’s “America first” policy is a decisive rejection of the mess that Angela Merkel and other European leaders have created in Europe. But the same cannot be said for Canada. Trudeau’s reaction:
On Twitter, Trudeau posted photos of himself greeting Syrian refugees, adding the words “#WelcomeToCanada.”
“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada,”
Trump’s order also applies to Britain. While it led to uproar from British MP’s, Prime Minister Theresa May surprisingly commented: “The United States is responsible for the United States’s policy on refugees.” In fact, she “refused twice to publicly condemn Mr Trump’s ban on refugees from those seven countries earlier in the day during a press conference in Turkey.”
Although May has expressed open support for Sharia courts in Britain despite their shocking abuses, she has also made it clear that she is reserved on flinging open the doors of the UK completely. Some of her stated views:
She warned that “millions” of people wanted to migrate to the UK.
She said Britain should focus on aid rather than helping refugees who had travelled to Europe.
She argued that immigrants could make society less “cohesive”.
She blamed immigrants for pressures on public services.
She blamed unemployment, the housing crisis, and underinvestment in schools on immigration.
She claimed EU immigration was “unbalanced” and “unsustainable” – and that the rules had to change.
She suggested asylum seekers should not even be allowed into Britain before their claims were assessed.
“Trump bans Canadian dual citizens from 7 Muslim-majority countries from U.S.”, Toronto Star, by Daniel Dale, January 28, 2017:
WASHINGTON—Canadian citizens who are also citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries have been banned from entering the United States by President Donald Trump in a massive break from the traditional free flow of travellers between citizens of the two countries.
The countries targeted by Trump’s 90-day ban are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Tens of thousands of Canadians have dual citizenship in one of them.
Trump’s Friday order even bars entry to the U.S. by permanent residents with “green cards” who are also citizens of one of the countries. That means, for example, that an Iranian-Canadian green card holder who makes her home in Chicago cannot come to Canada to visit her parents and then cross back over the U.S. border.
The order has created mass confusion around the world as governments, businesses and ordinary people attempted to decipher just what Trump meant. It is still not exactly clear. After the Homeland Security Department said green card holders would be banned, a Trump official told U.S. outlets that they could be approved on a “case-by-case basis” and would have to check in with a government official before leaving each time.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers had not commented directly on the order as of Saturday at 5 p.m. On Twitter, Trudeau posted photos of himself greeting Syrian refugees, adding the words “#WelcomeToCanada.”
“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada,” Trudeau wrote.
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
3:20 PM – 28 Jan 2017
The order has resulted in travellers with visas to enter America being turned away from their flights and detained at U.S. airports upon landing. One of the people detained, according to multiple U.S. news reports, worked as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Iraq.
Air Canada, WestJet and Porter Airlines are no longer letting people carrying passports from the seven countries board flights to the U.S. All three are waiving their cancellation fees.
The order is a modified version of the “total” ban on Muslim entry that Trump proposed during his campaign. It was greeted with dismay, horror and panic by Canadians from the affected countries…..
“British passport holders in US entry battle as Donald Trump bans travellers from seven Muslim countries and court rules those who arrived with visas can stay”, by Ben Riley-Smith, UK Telegraph, January 28, 2017:
British citizens travelling to America on UK passports will be blocked from entering if they have dual-citizenship with countries targeted in Donald Trump’s refugees banned.
The US State Department said that Britons with dual nationality with the countries Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen will be stopped at the American border for the next 90 days.
The revelation, which broke late on Saturday night, sent Downing Street scrambling for a response and has triggered uproar from MPs.
Politicians said tens of thousands of Britons could be caught up in the border chaos as Mr Trump’s new immigration rules impact on holidays and business trips.
It was unclear last night whether Theresa May was aware the rules change was going to affect Britons despite spending hours meeting Mr Trump and his top staff in the White House on Friday.
The US State Department said: “Travelers who have nationality or dual nationality of one of these countries will not be permitted for 90 days to enter the United States or be issued an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa.
“Those nationals or dual nationals holding valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visas will not be permitted to enter the United States during this period. Visa interviews will generally not be scheduled for nationals of these countries during this period.”
Mrs. May had refused twice to publicly condemn Mr Trump’s ban on refugees from those seven countries earlier in the day during a press conference in Turkey….