The U.S. may have shut its doors to travellers and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, but many Canadians want those stranded to know they are welcome.
Karim Kanji, a Toronto resident and the child of Ugandan refugees, took to Twitter to offer up his home to stranded travellers.
— karim kanji (@karimkanji) January 29, 2017
"The least I could do was tweet out that if anyone needs something, I'm here," he told CBC News.
Others were quick to chime in with offers to help.
— Monika Rola (@MonikaRola) January 29, 2017
— Sulemaan Ahmed (@sulemaan) January 28, 2017
— Serge Ke (@Serge_Ke) January 30, 2017
Canada's Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said on Sunday that no travellers were stranded in Canadian airports, but some posted offers anyway, just in case. A group of Toronto university students set up a Facebook group, dedicated to providing accommodations for those that might need it in future.
And a Canadian immigration lawyer offered to help anyone affected by the ban who wants to come to Canada.
For next 90 days we'll be offering free immigration law consults to anyone affected by U.S. ban who wants to come to Canada #WelcomeToCanada
— Gordon S. Campbell (@gscLawFirm) January 29, 2017
Canadian dual citizens and permanent residents are exempt from the ban. The government has offered temporary residency to anyone in Canada impacted by Trump's order, an offer which premiers, mayors and other politicians echoed.
— Ricardo Miranda (@_RicardoYYC) January 29, 2017
Sask has welcomed approx 2000 refugees this past year. We stand ready to assist fed gov't re: anyone stranded by the US ban.
— Brad Wall (@PremierBradWall) January 29, 2017
Unfortunately, for those refugees and travellers turned away at the U.S. border, it's not so easy as simply coming to Canada.
Refugees that come across via the "Safe Third Country Agreement" have to ask for protection in the first country they arrive in.