U.S. politician says she will introduce legislation that would grant temporary asylum to Canadian convoy protesters

U.S. politician says she will introduce legislation that would grant temporary asylum to Canadian convoy protesters
Rep. Yvette Herrell, congresswoman for New Mexico's Second Congressional District. (Photo credit: Rep. Herrell/Facebook)

A Republican congresswoman wants to introduce legislation that would allow Canadian convoy truckers and protesters to temporarily claim asylum in the United States.

Representative Yvette Herrell, a Republican congresswoman from New Mexico, said on social media Saturday that she plans to introduce legislation that would temporarily grant asylum to Canadian convoy protesters who, she claims, are “being persecuted” by the Trudeau government.

“We cannot be silent as our neighbors to the north are treated so badly,” Herrell wrote on Twitter and Facebook.

Herrell, who represents New Mexico’s largest congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, is a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump. She voted not to impeach him following the Jan. 6, 2020 riots in Washington. She also objected to certifying Electoral College results for current President Joe Biden in Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Police have been arresting and removing convoy protesters in Ottawa, who have been illegally occupying the city’s downtown for weeks. The arrests continued again on Saturday as Canadian MPs resumed debating the government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act in an effort to quell the demonstrations. Authorities have already used the measure to freeze over 70 different bank accounts that had a combined total of $3.2 million earmarked for the illegal convoy blockades.

Herrell’s tweet was part of a series of tweets that started off by describing the arrest of convoy protesters and truckers in Ottawa as a “heavy-handed crackdown against peaceful protesters” by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Justin Trudeau’s heavy-handed crackdown against peaceful protesters in Canada is not the action of a Western Democracy, but that of an authoritarian regime like Venezuela,” Herrell wrote, while quoting a Fox News clip of Tucker Carlson talking about the arrests in Ottawa.

In another tweet, she argues that Canadian convoy truckers should be protected by the U.S. and called the entire situation an “embarrassment” to the free world.

“Just as we provide asylum for political prisoners, we should do the same for truckers who have been subjected to violence, had their property confiscated, and their bank accounts frozen by a government that is quickly becoming the embarrassment of the free world,” Herrell said on Twitter.

A former state legislator who has championed efforts to “secure” the country’s southern border with Mexico, Herrell was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2021, according to her website. She is also a member of the Cherokee Nation and a realtor.


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