Inspiring comments by Trudeau
RE: We can handle asylum seekers Trudeau insists (Aug. 5)
I was encouraged to read that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to be an advocate for welcoming newcomers to Canada.
Recently, the prime minister emphasized that migrants must seek asylum legally and respect the law. He also acknowledged the pressure placed on existing resources due to the 6,500 refugees arriving in Quebec by the end of June, with up to 12,000 expected by the end of the year.
With the majority of those arriving in Montreal from the U.S. being of Haitian descent, the Trump administration’s plan to end a program granting Haitians “temporary protected status” is being blamed. The end to this program could send as many as 60,000 Haitians back to their birthplace.
As a nation with one of the highest standards of living in the world, it is our duty as global citizens to offer aid to those who are asking for assistance. A commitment to creating an environment of respect and inclusivity for newcomers is the responsibility of Canadians nationwide.
It’s inspiring to know that in spite of the xenophobic political climate south of the border, our prime minister is still committed to making this a priority. Andrea Rado, Hamilton