Republican responds to Justin Trudeau’s oppression of truckers by introducing asylum bill

In response to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s treatment of truckers protesting a vaccine mandate, a New Mexico Republican congresswoman is offering demonstrators temporary asylum in the United States.

In a statement Thursday, GOP Rep. Yvette Herrell said that “[j]ust as we provide asylum for political prisoners, we should do the same for truckers who” have incurred the wrath of the Canadian authorities. 

In addition, Herrell compared Trudeau’s actions to that of Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuela.

Herrell made the announcement Saturday on Twitter, along with a retweet of Fox News Tucker Carlson commenting on a Friday crackdown on Freedom Convoy protesters in Ottawa which he said was “sponsored by Justin Trudeau.”

That crackdown included numerous arrests and shocking video of an elderly woman being knocked over by a horse.

“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 tweeted.

“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,” she continued.

In addition to the violence in the streets of Ottawa on Friday, Canadian truckers have seen their assets frozen and their trucks seized.

According to the CBC, the mayor of Ottawa says that any trucks or vehicles taken by authorities during the crackdown can and should be sold to cover the city’s costs.

“We actually have the ability to confiscate those vehicles and sell them,” Mayor Jim Watson said on Saturday.

“And I want to see them sold. I don’t want the return to these people who’ve been causing such frustration and angst in our community.”

Watson said that the vehicles can be sold under the powers provided by the Emergencies Act, the sweeping law invoked by Trudeau for the first time in Canadian history that dramatically expands governmental and police powers.

Thus, Herrell said she was “introducing legislation that would temporarily grant asylum to innocent Canadian protesters who are being persecuted by their own government. We cannot be silent as our neighbors to the north are treated so badly.”

It’s unclear from reports when Herrell plans to introduce the legislation or whether she has co-sponsors.