OTTAWA/TORONTO Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed these fleeing warfare and persecution on Saturday whilst Canadian airways mentioned they’d flip again U.S.-bound passengers to adjust to an immigration ban on folks from seven Muslim-majority international locations.
In pointed tweets a day after U.S. President Donald Trump put a four-month maintain on permitting refugees into the United States and quickly barred vacationers from the seven international locations, Trudeau mentioned refugees have been welcome in Canada.
“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada,” Trudeau mentioned on Twitter.
A second tweet, additionally timed to coincide with outrage over Trump’s immigration coverage, included a 2015 photograph of Trudeau welcoming a Syrian refugee at a Canadian airport.
Confusion abounded at airports all over the world on Saturday as officers tried to interpret the brand new U.S. guidelines.
Trudeau has walked a high-quality line with the Trump administration, avoiding direct criticism whereas selling the progressive insurance policies of his one-year-old Liberal authorities.
Trudeau’s press secretary, Cameron Ahmad, mentioned the prime minister is trying ahead to discussing Canada’s immigration and refugee insurance policies with Trump. But he would not say when that will likely be and referred questions on these affected by the ban to Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
“We are in contact with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other partners to get more information on the impacts,” Garneau’s press secretary Delphine Denis wrote in an electronic mail. “We will be providing further information to Canadians as available.”
It was unclear whether or not Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen – a Somali-Canadian refugee – would have the ability to journey to the United States beneath the brand new guidelines. Hussen’s workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark.
WestJet Airlines mentioned it turned again a passenger certain for the United States on Saturday to adjust to Trump’s government order however didn’t say which nation the passenger had come from. Spokeswoman Lauren Stewart mentioned the airline would give full refunds to anybody affected.
In the western province of Saskatchewan, Mohammadreza Tayfeh was denied entry to the United States however discovered himself comforting the Delta Air Lines worker he known as a couple of refund.
“I said, ‘It’s all right. It’s going to be fine. Don’t worry about it.’ She was so upset,” he mentioned in an interview from Saskatoon.
Tayfeh, an Iranian citizen an engineering pupil residing in Canada for seven years, had hoped to journey to San Diego to satisfy with traders for his telecom enterprise. While he had a customer’s visa, he missed the cutoff to journey by hours.
He determined to not danger flying from Saskatchewan in case he was detained on arrival within the United States. He mentioned an Iranian pal who has been residing within the U.S. and dealing at NASA for years was detained on the Doha airport in Qatar late Friday.
“You don’t want to put yourself in that situation, to go there and they ask you questions and just deport you,” he mentioned.
More than any influence on his enterprise, “it really hurts personally,” Tayfeh mentioned. “To label a whole nation as being terrorists? I don’t know what to say.”
In Vancouver, an worker on the American Airlines counter mentioned one particular person touring on an Iranian passport had been turned away Saturday morning.
Air Canada mentioned it was complying with the order however didn’t touch upon whether or not it had denied anybody journey.
A spokesman for Porter Airlines mentioned the Toronto-based service will likely be proscribing passengers from touring to the United States from the listed international locations till additional discover.
(Additional reporting by Allison Lampert in Montreal, Writing by Andrea Hopkins and Amran Abocar; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Grant McCool)