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In face of Donald Trump's Muslim ban, Canada's Trudeau welcomes refugees

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed those fleeing war and persecution on Saturday even as Canadian airlines said they would turn back US-bound passengers to comply with an immigration ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.



A day after US President Donald Trump put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travellers from the seven countries, Mr Trudeau posted his retort.




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

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017



A second pointed tweet, also timed to coincide with outrage over Mr Trump's immigration policy, included an archive photo of Mr Trudeau welcoming a Syrian refugee at a Canadian airport in 2015.


Confusion abounded at airports around the world on Saturday as immigration and customs officials struggled to interpret the new US rules.


While Mr Trudeau was tweeting a welcome to refugees, others on the social media platform were questioning whether Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen - a Somali-Canadian refugee - would be able to travel to the United States under the new rules.


Mr Hussen's office did not respond to a request for comment.


In Canada, WestJet Airlines said it turned back a passenger bound for the United States on Saturday to comply with an executive order signed by Mr Trump on Friday. WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said the airline would give full refunds to anyone affected by the order. It did not say which country the passenger had come from.


The order would help protect Americans from terrorist attacks, the US president said.


MS Stewart said WestJet had been informed by US Customs and Border Patrol that the ban did not apply to dual citizens who had passports from countries other than those covered by the ban: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.


"US CBP has confirmed it is the citizenship document they present to enter the country, not the country of where they were born," she wrote in an email.


In Vancouver, an employee at the American Airlines counter said one person travelling on an Iranian passport had been turned away on Saturday morning (Sunday AEDT).


Air Canada, the country's other major airline, said it was complying with the order but did not comment on whether it had yet denied travel to any passengers.


"We are required to ensure passengers have the required documents for entry into, or transit the countries they are travelling to," said spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur. "In the case of these nationalities, they are not permitted to enter the US".


A spokesman for Porter Airlines said the Toronto-based carrier will be restricting passengers from travelling to the United States from the listed countries until further notice. Porter will waive fees for changing destinations and offer refunds for cancelled trips related to the advisory.



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Rumors are carried by haters
Spread by fools
Accepted by idiots

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2 hours ago, DeadHamster said:

Take 'em. I got starving american vets that need taking care of. I couldnt give a shit less about the rest of the world


If your country had its shit together, there would neither be starving american vets nor this refugee crisis.


Please go fix yourself USA!

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5 hours ago, tarikja said:


If your country had its shit together, there would neither be starving american vets nor this refugee crisis.


Please go fix yourself USA!


And if your country hadn't have invited ~1 million 'refugees' the refugee/migration crisis in Europe wouldn't be as bad as it is.

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Funny that the US needs to "get its shit together" so that we can continue take care of the rest of the world. 


How about the rest of the world gets it shit together and stops relying on America to step in and fix it. 


Get strapped in kid; The new America doesnt give a fuck about any of you, whether your from britain or uzbekistan. We're building walls and tearing up treaties; we have no need for all you third world countries (AKA every country that's not America.)


So please, keep your borders open and ship in Omars and Achmeds by the thousands. Give them jobs and housing you could have given to your own citizens. Just make sure to look twice when you cross the road, never know when a bus will come barging through. 

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The world doesnt need north korea. 



They need us. And they'll do what they need to get here. 


Where else is mexico gonna sell its shit? You think China is going to turn into a consuming society? China can make things far cheaper than mexico and they have better investments in industry. Mexico cant afford to send all its exports by sea. 


How's your UK gonna be once they full sever with the EU? Didnt your PM just come to the white house to kneel down and kiss the ring?



America is rich and we like spending our money. The third world needs that.



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