Angelina Jolie on Trump’s immigration ban: Shutting door to refugees won’t make us safer

  • Angelina Jolie took a stand against Pres. Trump’s immigration ban and suspension of refugee admissions program
  • She emphasized that refugees are often the victims of terrorism themselves
  • She said shutting the door to refugees won’t make Americans safer

Award-winning actress and Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) Angelina Jolie took a stand against the controversial immigration ban in the United States.

Newly-seated US President Donald Trump signed and an executive order that bans all people from seven predominantly Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia) from entering the United States for 90 days.

The same order also suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days and tasks the Homeland Security and State departments to the review the refugee application and approval process to find any other security measures that can be added to prevent nationals of countries that may pose a threat to the US from using the refugee program.

In a New York Times editorial, Jolie said the decision to suspend the resettlement of refugees to the United States and deny entry to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries seemingly implies that our Muslim brothers and sister are less worthy of protection and this will fuel extremism abroad.

She emphasized that refugees are often the victims of terrorism themselves.

“What will be our response if other countries use national security as an excuse to start turning people away, or deny rights on the basis of religion? What could this mean for the Rohingya from Myanmar, or for Somali refugees, or millions of other displaced people who happen to be Muslim? And what does this do to the absolute prohibition in international law against discrimination on the grounds of faith or religion?” she added.

Jolie said that shutting the door to refugees won’t make Americans safer.

“Acting out of fear is not our way. Targeting the weakest does not show strength,” she said.

Without directly addressing President Trump, the actress said she is hoping that whoever is the US president, he would lead the nation by making common cause with people of all faiths and backgrounds fighting the same threat and seeking the same security.