Angelina Jolie Blasts President Trump's Refugee Ban: Action 'Should Be Based on Facts, Not Fear'
Jolie is an active humanitarian and special envoy for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees
Angelina Jolie is speaking out against President Donald Trump‘s controversial executive order that suspended the entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days and barred Syrian refugees indefinitely.
In an op-ed published in The New York Times, Jolie wrote that the United States’ response to the refugee crisis should be “based on facts, not fear.”
“Refugees are men, women and children caught in the fury of war, or the cross hairs of persecution,” she wrote. “Far from being terrorists, they are often the victims of terrorism themselves.”
Jolie is an active humanitarian and special envoy for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. She has worked with the United Nations since 2001 and has carried out over 50 missions for them.
She wrote that she was proud to live in a country that has a history of lending its support and resources — and even opening its doors — to refugees in need.
“Americans have shed blood to defend the idea that human rights transcend culture, geography, ethnicity and religion,” she wrote. “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 actress wrote that while the safety of the country amid the refugee crisis and threats from terrorism should be a priority, the current executive order is not the solution.
“Our response must be measured and should be based on facts, not fear.”
Jolie says the cause is especially close to her heart.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
“It is simply not true that our borders are overrun or that refugees are admitted to the United States without close scrutiny,” she added.