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Canadian PM Welcomes Refugees After Trump Enacts Ban

| by Kathryn Schroeder

The Canadian Prime Minister sent a strong message to refugees on Jan. 28 after President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning them from entering the U.S.

"To those fleeing persecution, terror [and] war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada," Trudeau wrote on Twitter.

His tweet has been liked more than 588,000 times and retweeted by over 346,000 users.

Trump's executive order bans citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries -- Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia -- from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days, and no refugees will be admitted to the country for 120 days, according to CNN.

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The order caused detentions and protests at airports in the states, and people with valid visas and airline tickets to the U.S. were prevented from boarding planes, leaving some stranded in foreign countries.

Trump said the government was "totally prepared" for the ban.

"You see at the airports," Trump said. "You see it all over. It's working out very nicely and we're going to have a very, very strict ban."

Federal Judge Ann Donnelly granted an emergency stay for people who have already arrived in the U.S., as well as those in transit who have valid visas, ruling they cannot be deported. But it does not state they are to be released from detention immediately.

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The government cannot remove "individuals with refugee applications approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and other individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen legally authorized to enter the United States," Donnelly wrote in her decision.

Trudeau plans to speak with Trump regarding immigration.

"The Prime Minister is looking forward to discussing the successes of Canada's immigration and refugee policy with the President when they next speak," Trudeau spokeswoman Kate Purchase said, according to Fox News.

Protests against Trump's policy are scheduled for Jan. 29, mostly at U.S. airports.

Trump does not appear to be concerned though, given the tweet he sent in the early morning of Jan. 29: "Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world - a horrible mess!"

Sources: Justin Trudeau/TwitterFox NewsCNN, Donald Trump/Twitter / Photo credit: Daily Mail

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