Toronto Mayor John Tory has released a statement in response to President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees from seven countries from entering the U.S.
On Friday, Trump’s government announced the ban on Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to Trump’s action in a tweet that has been retweeted almost 140,000 times.
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
Echoing Trudeau’s response, Tory has released a statement welcoming refugees and immigration to Toronto.
Tory said he has reached out to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to offer support and any help the city can provide in light of recent events.
“Toronto will continue to welcome refugees and new Canadians,” said Tory.
Read his full statement below.
My statement on immigration and refugees pic.twitter.com/QTfGPxvrPD
— John Tory (@JohnTory) January 28, 2017
In October 2015, the City of Toronto approved a Refugee Resettlement Program and the City of Toronto Newcomer Office has been coordinating and implementing the program since.