An order signed on Friday by President Donald Trump included a 90-day travel ban to the U.S. by citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, or Yemen.
An e-mail from the Prime Minister’s office says the U.S. is assuring Canadians with dual citizenship won’t be turned away at the border, and will be dealt with normally by American border officials.
Canadian passport holders, incl. dual citizens, are not affected by the proposed ban. Problems at the border? Call us 24/7 at 613-996-8885. https://t.co/2s76BxsyOl
— David MacNaughton (@AmbMacNaughton) January 29, 2017
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 29, 2017
The department says dual-nationality Americans will not be affected. It also clarifies the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State may, “on a case-by-case basis, and then in the national interest, issue visas or allow entry to nationals of countries for which visas and entry are otherwise blocked under this Executive Order.”
Chris Friesen with the Immigrant Service Society of B.C. says the move seems really move out of proportion.
“The fact that since 9/11, there have been over 750,000 refugees that have resettled in the United States, 50 per cent have been children.”
Protests against ban
Meanwhile, protest erupted across different cities.
In Vancouver, chants could be heard outside Trump’s Tower where protestors gathered for an impromptu rally.
One protestor who is a dual citizen says she has no desire to go down to the U.S.
“It’s like, well I feel that I’ve been disliked by a president, which is a representative of a whole country, so is that really how all Americans think? Or is that just the person?”
In retaliation, Iran has said it would stop American citizens from entering the country.
At JFK Airport, a protest against the travel ban drew a large crowd.
Media have reported a possible protest from the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, halting JFK Airport pickups to rally against the immigration ban.
Just landed in JFK, and this is the first thing I saw. There is military and police everywhere. This is real. pic.twitter.com/v0bpbbXhxb
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) January 28, 2017
With files from Michelle Morton and Matt Lee