Amid US Immigration Ban, Canada Opens Doors To Welcome Refugees

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After President Trump signed an executive order that imposed an immigration ban on those coming from seven different Muslim countries, the country, and many parts of the world, went into an uproar.

Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, said he would welcome the refugees that were turned away from the U.S. into Canada.

Trudeau tweeted:

However, after the news broke, a Quebec City mosque was attacked during service. As Muslims tried to finish their prayer service, gunmen killed six people and wounded 19 others. Five of those are in critical condition.

The Canadian government labeled the attack an act of terrorism.

Trudeau said, “This was a group of innocents targeted for practicing their faith. These were people of faith and of community, and in the blink of an eye, they were robbed of their lives in an act of brutal violence.”

Trudeau called out the lack of compassion in society, and condemned the act of violence as “senseless.” He said, "It is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence. Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear.”

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard promised Canadians that the country would provide increased police protection for mosques and Islamic centers in Quebec.

Couillard said, “We are with you. You are at home.”

Trudeau echoed the same sentiment, saying during his House of Commons speech,

“I want to say directly: We are with you. Thirty-six million hearts are breaking with yours. And know that we value you. You enrich our country in immeasurable ways. It is your home.”

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