In­spir­ing com­ments by Trudeau

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

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

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