Syrian refugees need Canada’s help more than ever, lawyer says –

A Vancouver-based immigration lawyer says Canada has an important role to play internationally in handling the fallout from U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

On Friday, Trump signed an order which imposed a 120-day ban on refugees entering the U.S. and a 90-day ban on all entry to the U.S. from citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

The implementation of the order led to widespread chaos at airports on the weekend. Some passengers were forced to turn back during transit or were held in detention.

Immigration lawyer Fadi Yachoua, who is Syrian-Canadian, says the timing of the ban was “disheartening,” especially for refugees.

“To see institutional barriers being put up in the way the United States, one of the primary countries that resettles refugees, is a terrible precedent…

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