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“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” – Read Angelina Jolie’s Op-Ed

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Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie wrote a passionate opinion piece for the New York Times where she talked about Donald Trump’s immigration ban and how it affects her.

The 41-year-old actress and special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees wrote in the essay:

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.

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.

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.

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 ended by saying:

The lesson of the years we have spent fighting terrorism since Sept. 11 is that every time we depart from our values we worsen the very problem we are trying to contain. We must never allow our values to become the collateral damage of a search for greater security. Shutting our door to refugees or discriminating among them is not our way, and does not make us safer. Acting out of fear is not our way. Targeting the weakest does not show strength.

We all want to keep our country safe. So we must look to the sources of the terrorist threat — to the conflicts that give space and oxygen to groups like the Islamic State, and the despair and lawlessness on which they feed. We have to make common cause with people of all faiths and backgrounds fighting the same threat and seeking the same security. This is where I would hope any president of our great nation would lead on behalf of all Americans.

Read the entire piece over at the New York Times.

6 Comments

  1. Ankara

    February 3, 2017 at 6:00 am

    This lady. How i wish i could reason like u

  2. Maurice Abiagom

    February 3, 2017 at 7:49 am

    All dis things trump is doing does not make sense…America is the Greatest country in the World because it os the state of immigrants

  3. mama zee

    February 3, 2017 at 11:16 am

    when we reason it out, we will see that though it might be wrong for trump to generalize the issue on islamic states but if you ask me, living in america now is like living in the northern part of Nigeria. we are worried and praying for the safety of people in northern nigeria christian or muslim cos we dont know exactly what will happen next. that is the state of mind of a true american. they might not look it but they all sleep with one eye open.

    • tunmi

      February 3, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Stop lying. Living in America is like living in the north???? Haba fear God. You generalized the entire North and then you generalized an entire country. Why do you guys do this? Why do you lose all critical thinking abilities ehn?

      – Americans are fine. They don’t have IDPs. No group of girls have been kidnapped and still awaiting return. Rule of law functions. Suicide bombers aren’t a regular occurrence. Innovation goes on, etc etc

  4. Diamond

    February 3, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    But what about the fact that Israelis are permanently banned from enter those countries Trump temporarily banned?

    Why didn’t their country people protest on Israel’s behalf?

    These Americans never know wetin dey do them.

    Trump won, right? He is only doing that which he said he will.

    • Tatafo!

      February 6, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Huh? Is U.S the same as Israel?
      Yes they are allies but they are two completely different entities. Your comment makes no sense. Stop trying to justify crazy.

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