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Trudeau Welcomes Refugees To Canada After Trump’s Immigration Order

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File PhotoCanada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemingly opened the refugee door wide open on Saturday night as he invited “those fleeing persecution, terror & war” to come to Canada.

Trudeau tweeted the message just as President Donald Trump’s seven-nation immigration ban took effect and protesters grabbed their placards and crowded airports to dispute what they see as an anti-Muslim policy.

Despite one federal court’s order, Trump is not reversing his position.

Even though Canadian airlines complied with the order to turn back travelers arriving from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, Trudeau tweeted:

Trudeau’s immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen, is Somali-born but is a Canadian citizen. Camielle Edwards, senior special assistant for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, told CBC News, “We have no concerns about Minister Hussen’s ability to travel to the United States.”

Trudeau’s tweet is another example of the prime minister alternately issuing policy statements meant to both appease Trump and ameliorate his left-wing electoral constituency.

Conservative opposition critics and leadership contenders did not respond to requests from from The Daily Caller for comment on Trudeau’s refugee invitation.

Trudeau‘s press secretary, Cameron Ahmad, issued a statement that Trudeau “looked forward” to sharing Canada’s immigration policies with Trump while an e-mail from Trudeau’s office late Saturday suggested that that Canadians with dual citizenship will not be subject to the travel ban.

WestJet Airlines confirmed that it had denied one passenger entry into the the U.S. in compliance with the U.S. travel ban. It did not specify which country but said refunds would be issued to any passengers affected.

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David Krayden is a weekly newspaper columnist, conservative political pundit and communications expert who was formerly an Air Force public affairs officer and communications manager on Parliament Hill.

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