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Angelina Jolie comments on Donald Trump’s refugee ban, slams executive order

3 February 2017 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – The executive order was promulgated last week and it suspended the entry of all refugees to the United States from seven Muslim countries. The ban will be in effect for 120 days.

Jolie shared on her op-ed , “Refugees are men, women and children caught in the fury of war, or the cross hairs of persecution. Far from being terrorists, they are often the victims of terrorism themselves.” The actress has been working with refugees especially those from Syria and has worked with the UN since 2001.

She added that Americans have shed blood to defend the idea that human rights transcend culture, ethnicity, geography, and religion. The mother-of-six went on to say that the decision to suspend the resettlement of refugees in the country has been met with shock then noted that the moves of the president should be based on facts and not fear. She suggested that the threats from terrorism should be a priority amid the growing concern over the safety of the citizens of the United States.

Jolie continued that she is the mother of six children who were all born in foreign lands are proud American citizens and she wants the country to be safe not only for her kids but for all the nation’s children. She added, “But I also want to know that refugee children who qualify for asylum will always have a chance to plead their case to a compassionate America. And that we can manage our security without writing off citizens of entire countries — even babies — as unsafe to visit our country by virtue of geography or religion.”

The actress added that the message sent by Trump’s ban is that it is acceptable to close the door to refugees. Jolie believes that the move of Trump plays with fire and it risks even more refugees as they will be denied a home and will continue to experience instability, hatred, and violence.

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