LOOK: Canada Welcomes the First of Thousands of Syrian Refugees

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This week over 100 Syrian refugees arrived in Canada. They will be the first of many that Canada, unlike the United States, will welcome with open arms.

The Toronta Star ran a big welcome to them on the front page:

“You’re with family now.

“You’re in Canada now, with all the rights and protections and possibilities that confers.

“You’ll find the place a little bigger than Damascus or Aleppo, and a whole lot chillier. But friendly for all that. We’re a city that cherishes its diversity — it’s our strength. Canadians have been watching your country being torn apart, and know that you’ve been through a terrifying, heartbreaking nightmare. But that is behind you now. And we’re eager to help you get a fresh start.”

What may be a surprise to many American politicians is that Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was elected in part due to his promise of help to refugees. His plan involves bringing in 10,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year. 25,000 are due by the end of March 2016. Canada is the only country that allows private sponsorship of refugees, so many of these Syrians are able to come because of private groups and citizens.

The Canadian’s efforts in both the public and private sectors are a stark contrast to the United States, where more than half the nation’s governors say Syrian refugees are not welcome.

Where governors stand on allowing Syrian refugees

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