Angelina Jolie: Trump’s Immigration Ban Based On Fear, Not Facts
Angelina Jolie said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s immigration ban is based on “fear,” not facts.
“Refugees are men, women and children caught in the fury of war, or the cross hairs of persecution,” Jolie wrote in the New York Times.
Trump’s executive order temporarily prohibits migration from seven Muslim-majority countries, pauses the refugee program and indefinitely suspends the import of Syrian refugees. (RELATED: Report: Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Are Getting Divorced)
“Far from being terrorists, they are often the victims of terrorism themselves,” she added. “I’m proud of our country’s history of giving shelter to the most vulnerable people. Americans have shed blood to defend the idea that human rights transcend culture, geography, ethnicity, and religion.”
“The decision to suspend the resettlement of refugees to the United States and deny entry to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries has been met with shock by our friends around the world precisely because of this record,” she continued. “The global refugee crisis and the threat from terrorism make it entirely justifiable that we consider how best to secure our borders. Every government must balance the needs of its citizens with its international responsibilities.”
“But our response must be measured and should be based on facts, not fear,” she wrote. “As the mother of six children, who were all born in foreign lands and are proud American citizens, I very much want our country to be safe for them, and all our nation’s children. 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,” she added. “If we send a message that it is acceptable to close the door to refugees, or to discriminate among them on the basis of religion, we are playing with fire. We are lighting a fuse that will burn across continents, inviting the very instability we seek to protect ourselves against.”
“Shutting our door to refugees or discriminating among them is not our way, and does not make us safer,” she continued. “Acting out of fear is not our way. Targeting the weakest does not show strength. We all want to keep our country safe.”