Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Saturday tweet – “For those fleeing persecution, war, and terror, Canadians will welcome you regardless of your faith” – is being praised around the world.
The Friday before, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order stopping refugee admissions for 120 days, and halts travel for 90 days of nationals from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Syrian applications are indefinitely on hold. U.S. human rights lawyers have called this an effective “Muslim ban.”
Trudeau’s tweet was bold and courageous. But now, Canada must take concrete steps if it’s serious about protecting refugees.