08) CLC DENOUNCES ANTI-MUSLIM TRAVEL BAN
“The measures being implemented by the US administration are based on ignorance, Islamophobia and hate and have nothing to do with protecting national security,” said Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff on Jan. 31. “Instead, they inspire violence everywhere and threaten the security of thousands of families desperately fleeing terror in their own countries.”
Yussuff emphasized that the ban was inconsistent with a long tradition of millions of Americans welcoming asylum seekers and immigrants and celebrating their contributions to their country.
“President Trump’s divisive policies do not reflect the will of the majority of Americans, a fact borne out by the millions of people who have taken to the streets and social media in protest,” he said.
He linked the anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies put forward by the
“We don’t yet know what motivated Sunday night’s attack in Quebec City, but we cannot deny that the kind of racism and Islamophobia reflected in the US administration’s rhetoric and approach to governing perpetuates fear and encourages hate crimes against Muslim communities,” said Yussuff.
This is why, he said, it was crucial for the Canadian
Prime Minister to denounce the
“Our government has already shown international leadership by publicly welcoming refugees and making it clear that we will not discriminate based on faith or ethnicity,” said Yussuff. “Now Canada must send a clear message to the US and to the world by denouncing this blatantly discriminatory approach, and making it clear that the hate and violence it inspires will not be tolerated,” he added.
Yussuff said that Canada’s labour movement was also adding its voice to those of human rights and refugee organizations across Canada that are calling on the government to take a number of concrete steps to help those affected by the ban. Those steps include:
- Immediately increasing
- Helping those stranded now by, on an emergency basis,
offering asylum to all those who – despite having passed a two-year rigorous
screening process – are being denied entry to the
- Withdrawing from the Safe Third Country Agreement, which
bars anyone entering
above article is from the February 15-28, 2017, issue of People's