Canadian Permanent Citizens Exempt from U.S. Travel Ban
The federal authorities moved to solve confusion that surrounded a U.S. tour ban on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries by announcing that Canadian residents and everlasting citizens with roots in the ones international locations can nonetheless go the border.
#Immigration Minister #AhmedHussein said Sunday the White residence has given assurances that permanent citizens of Canada can enter the U.S. furnished they have a valid Canadian permanent resident card and passport from one of the seven affected international locations.
He said the White residence additionally confirmed that dual residents with a Canadian passport are allowed into the U.S. as properly.
The confusion stemmed from an executive order signed Friday by President Donald Trump, which said that people from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Libya would be barred entry to the U.S. for 3 months.
It was to start with unclear Saturday whether or not Canadians who are also citizens of the affected international locations would be allowed to go the U.S. border because the nation department stated that twin citizens had been blanketed within the ban.
U.S. officers have no longer publicly commented considering on how the ban influences Canada. as an alternative, they are relaying their role through their Canadian opposite numbers.
Hussein held an information convention in Ottawa on Sunday to attempt to solve a number of the confusion created with the aid of the American ban.
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And at the same time as humans in Canada with roots in the affected countries have expressed relief that they may nonetheless be able to input the U.S., the policy nonetheless affects their circle of relatives.
“After multiple days of frustration in our community, that is promising news,” said Bijan Ahmadi, president of the Iranian-Canadian Congress.
He said he is happy to pay attention that both citizens and everlasting citizens are free to journey to the United States; however, he’s still ready to hear something else from Canadian officials.
“As a company, we strongly condemn this policy, and we believe that every politician in Canada — from exceptional parties — must condemn the coverage,” he said.
“That is discrimination against people no longer because of any particular security threats that a specific man or woman posed to the United States, however, due to their race, historical past and faith,” he brought.
“After more than one days of frustration in our network, this is promising information.”
— Bijan Ahmadi, Iranian Canadian Congress
Hussein became asked on the news conference approximately why he hadn’t denounced the order.
“Each country has the right to determine their regulations. I can simplest let you know that we can preserve our long-standing tradition of being open to folks that are looking for sanctuary,” he said.
He stated Canada will provide transient shelter to any human beings stranded due to the ban, but he referred to that there are presently no people caught in Canadian airports.
Canada won’t raise number of refugees it will accept
He also noted that Canada will not raise the number of refugees it plans to accept — this year’s target is 25,000 — in response to the ban, in spite of widespread speculation that tweets sent out by the prime minister suggested Canada would be accepting more people.
On Saturday afternoon, Justin Trudeau tweeted, “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”
Hussein said that, as always, cases would be evaluated by his ministry based on merit.