Canada is offering temporary housing for people stranded there due to President Trump’s immigration ban.
Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen made the announcement on Sunday, as thousands of Americans protested Trump’s executive order calling for a 90-day ban on nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the United States. The order also includes a 120-day halt on admitting refugees and an indefinite pause on admitting refugees from Syria.
The CBC reported that Hussen said dual citizens of Canada and the U.S. should not be affected by the executive order.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday said refugees are welcome in his country.
"To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada" Trudeau tweeted.
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017
A federal judge enacted a temporary stay on the executive order after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in the name of two men detained at New York's John F. Kennedy airport on Saturday.
The move appeared to mark the first successful legal challenge to the Trump administration and affects those who have arrived in the U.S. with previously approved refugee applications or were in transit with valid visas. Similar rulings were later issued in Virginia, Massachusetts and Washington state.