Justin Trudeau responds to Donald Trump’s immigration ban by saying refugees are welcome in Canada

Prime Minister says he intends on talking to Mr Trump about the success of immigration policy in Canada

Sunday 29 January 2017 18:30 GMT
Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau has responded to Donald Trump’s immigration ban by saying Canada welcomes refugees who have been rejected from the US.

The Canadian Prime Minister also said he intends on talking to Mr Trump about the success of the refugee and immigration policy in Canada.

Mr Trudeau made the heart felt plea on social media and also uploaded an image of him greeting a Syrian child at Toronto airport.

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

The tweet has received over 369,000 retweets so far and “Welcome to Canada” began trending in the country.

The Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, echoed Mr Trudeau's sentiments saying: “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,” CBS News reported.

Mr Trump’s executive order bans immigration from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for 120 days under measures to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out.”

It has been widely condemned by the international community and some have questioned its legality.

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