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Canadian government idle on refugee file despite outrage over Trump travel ban order

By Derek Abma      

‘It’s all very nice and well for the prime minister to tweet #WelcomeToCanada, but in reality, what action are we taking in the face of this?’ says NDP MP Jenny Kwan.

Immigration Ministr Ahmed Hussen, pictured recently in a Hill scrum. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order trying to stop anyone from one of seven majority-Muslim countries from travelling to the U.S. and refugees from any country was blocked by a federal appeals court last week, but many say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should do more than just tweet pleasantries about how welcoming Canada is. On Jan. 27, Mr. Trump signed an executive order banning the entry of nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia for 90 days.

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