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Canada to offer temporary residence to those affected by Trump’s ban

Amid the confusion following US President Trump’s temporary travel ban for nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, CP24 reported that Canada’s immigration minister Ahmed Hussen said that those stranded in Canada following the ban will be given temporary residence permits.

Ahmed also said that Canadian permanent residents from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya – countries targeted by the travel ban – will still be able to cross the border into the US provided they have a valid Canadian permanent resident card and a passport from one of the seven countries affected.

On Friday, President Trump instructed the US security agencies to formulate during the next few months a new policy to ensure a more effective security screening of terrorists and criminals before entering the US.

In an implicit defiant message to Trump’s policy following the ban, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent out a message of welcome to refugees in the form of one of his pre-election campaigns. “A Canadian is a Canadian”, Trudeau tweeted, and vowed to continue welcoming refugees regardless of their faith, based on his deeply held belief that “diversity is our strength”.

Toronto Mayor John Tory released a statement on January 28, 2017 reaffirming his commitment to welcoming refugees. “As our federal government continues to enforce Canadian immigration policy with focus on the safety and security of our entire nation, Toronto will continue to welcome refugees and new Canadians”, Tory said.

On Monday, a rally in front of the US Consulate in Toronto against “most racist Executive Orders the world has seen in decades” is expected to draw thousands of Canadians.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the rally organizers vow to do a “short-term symbolic shut-down of the building, to remind governments – all governments – that the public will not tolerate racist policies and will stand up.”

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About Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at


  1. Canada's useful idiot

    This sounds like they are trying to undermine trumps order. Come to Canada get ur permanent residence and cross a border you would otherwise not be allowed to cross. The U.S. Is not going to let this fly.

  2. Don’t think that is to fair to the taxpayer

  3. Temporary to become permanent to his brothers & sisters. Hey why not? Bring them all in, the more the merrier!

  4. Five stars accommodation and all you can eat , on our dime???

  5. N’importe quoi le Canada …

  6. Things will get worse in Canada. Accepting too many people coming from Islamic countries, Canada will become like France, Belgium, Nederlands, Sweden, London UK, etc.
    This is a BIG MISTAKE!!!!!
    If things keep going on in that direction with Justin Trudeau, I will move to the USA.

  7. You can see where that’s going…

  8. Tax payers aren’t burdened enough, this was very predictable.

  9. I am a Syrian living in Turkey, I would like to resort to Canada, and I have two children

  10. مرحبا انا سوري مقيم في تركيا واوداللجوء إلى كندا ولدي طفلين

  11. This is not Canada’s Problem

  12. Oboma blocked travel for 6 months no one said anything!!!

  13. well when you are in Toronto protesting could you please stay a couple of days and protest the high cost of hydro —

  14. What’s going to happen is the USA will close the border and no one or nothing will get across. I’m sure the liberals down east will love that.

  15. s justin offering his house too?

  16. Send them all back we don’t want them

  17. Yes please cause I can’t wait to become like Germany, Sweden and others. Muslim neighborhoods where you don’t go without police escort.

  18. So Trump has clarified he is implementing the ban to make sure the people are legit and cleared….and not terrorists….and Trudeau is saying come on in…..well terrorists….book your flights on over now apparently!

  19. I’m proud of my country. I’m glad we can help others instead of giving in to fear.

  20. Don’t forget to allocate additional funds for infrastructure, transit , childcare, and education.

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