Travel bans that are part of an executive order from U.S. President Donald Trump are starting to have a ripple effect in Canada.
Rashid Ahmed is a permanent resident after moving to Saskatoon from Pakistan.
While Pakistan isn’t one of the seven countries on the ban list, Ahmed still cancelled a trip to see family in Tennessee because of the uncertainty in the United States.
“I was planning on having my birthday party with my grandma and uncle,” he told 650 CKOM Sunday. “Now the situation is way worse so I don’t think they would even let me in the States.”
Two years ago Ahmed went to Tennesse when Barack Obama was in office and still had problems.
“They searched my facebook, Twitter and held me up for three hours,” he said. “I ended up missing my flight and it was so much hassle.”
Ahmed said his friends and family are sending him messages about wanting to move to Canada.
“I tell all my friends I’m proud to be Canadian,” he said. “I pray and say long live Canada all the time.”
Canadian politicians are beginning to show their support for refugees that have been stranded because of the ban.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau started it on Twitter Saturday.
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
Sask. Premier Brad Wall highlighted the province’s commitment to refugees and offered help.
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
Late Sunday morning Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark released a statement supporting assistance efforts.
It read “I believe our strength as a city lies in our capacity to be an inclusive, resilient, and compassionate city for all.”
Clark told 650 CKOM the ban doesn’t represent North American values.