Muslim Community Member Calls Recent Trump Ban Appalling
A member of Windsor's Islamic community says the recent ban on refugees entering the United States is appalling.
U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order banning citizens of seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia will not be allowed entry to the United States for 90 days.
The U.S. has also suspended the admission of all refugees for 120 days.
Director of Development for the Detroit Public School Foundation, Remy Boulbol, is a dual American-Canadian citizen.
She says the ban imposed by President Trump further divides the United States.
"I am grateful that half of my family lives in Canada," says Boulbol. " However, the other half of my family is in the U.S. and it is where I was born and raised. It is the country that my family died for. It is the country that they built and it is turning against us."
Boulbol says she does not feel safe crossing the border to go to work.
"I have told my husband - who has been in this country since he was three-months-old, but was born in Lebanon - not to cross the border," says Boulbol. "I cannot risk what could possibly happen to him. I do not know how things are going to turn out. We even had a notice go out from the Windsor Islamic Association to all of us saying maybe it is best if we stay home."
Boulbol says the Prime Minister's response to the situation sheds light on Canadian values.
"All partisanship aside, the decision the Canadian Government made to say they will not be a part of this ban, and in in fact welcome refugees who are being persecuted against, makes me happier than anything else," says Boulbol. "I feel like we are seeing the very worst in people and the very best in people at the same time."
Boulbol believes Canada must continue to help those who cannot help themselves.
"We cannot ignore this," says Boulbol. "We are talking about human beings. We are talking about lives. Remember the picture of Alan Kurdi that was on the front page of every single news paper. This poor little boy's body washed up on a beach because no one would help him. Remember that when you think about not letting in any immigrants from any country or refugees from countries they are trying to escape from."
President Trump has hinted that more countries could be added to the ban.
Canada's Immigration Minister says Canadian permanent residents from the banned countries will still be able to cross the border.
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