Children do not choose to be refugees or immigrants. They accompany their families seeking shelter, freedom from persecution, and opportunities to contribute to society. Before leaving their home country, many children and their families experience violence, hunger, separation and other atrocities that may have long-lasting effects on their health and development. Children must be offered protection, care and support to live healthy, meaningful lives.
That’s the first paragraph in a very timely and important statement issued on Monday by the Canadian Paediatric Society. I am proud to say my daughter-in-law serves on their Board of Directors. The stand these Canadian doctors have taken is admirable. In light of the American president’s recent executive order they are calling on the Canadian government to………
- Increase the number of refugees who will be accepted to Canada in 2017.
- Increase the number of privately-sponsored refugees from Iraq and Syria who can come to Canada in 2017.
- Continue to ensure that Canadians with dual citizenship from one of the seven countries affected by the U.S. ban are able to cross the U.S. border with a valid Canadian passport.
- Suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States, so that refugees refused entry into the United States can come to Canada.
- Lead a global response to refugee resettlement.
You can read the entire statement here.