How to avoid the ‘gate 1’ travel ban
Canada has officially become the first country in the world to implement a travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries in response to the deadly mass shooting in Orlando.
The decision, which will go into effect on Thursday, will be challenged in the courts by an American-based group called ACT UP.
“The Trump administration’s actions today are shameful, and they are in direct violation of Canada’s commitment to freedom of religion, which is enshrined in our constitution,” said ACT UP president Ibrahim Hooper.
“These measures are unconstitutional, and must be rescinded immediately.”
Trump on Wednesday issued a second travel ban for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The US has previously suspended the entry of nationals of Iran and Iraq.
The White House says the US government will continue to review the ban, which it says will help protect the health and safety of American citizens.
But ACT UP says the ban will have the opposite effect of what is intended by its namesake: “It will make Canadian citizens even more vulnerable to discrimination and discrimination based on religion and sexual orientation.”
ACT UP is currently challenging the first travel ban imposed by the Trump administration in a Canadian court, but the legal battle could drag on into the coming months.
“In the face of the threat of a Trump administration banning Muslim-Americans from entering the US, Canada is not going to let up,” said Hooper in a statement.
“It is clear that this is a policy that has been driven by bigotry and bigotry, and will have a chilling effect on free speech and free assembly, and on freedom of expression.”
The US president also called on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately lift the travel ban.