Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at last weighed in Wednesday on the issue of President Donald Trump separating families apprehended after crossing the southern U.S. border, after initially saying calls for him to do so were politically motivated.
In a scrum with reporters before heading into the last caucus meeting of the parliamentary session, Trudeau joined the growing chorus of international leaders who are speaking out against the administration’s actions.
“What’s going on in the United States is wrong,” said Trudeau.
“I can’t imagine what the families living through this are enduring. Obviously, this is not the way we do things in Canada.”
Trump’s immigration stance has also brought calls from some Canadian leaders to temporarily halt the Safe Third Country Agreement, which requires those seeking asylum to apply in the first safe country they arrive in.
It is based on the assumption that the immigration systems in both countries are equally fair and robust in their consideration of such claims.
But there are growing arguments from human rights advocates as well as critics of the Canadian government that that assumption no longer holds.