Angelina Jolie has slammed Donald Trump’s sudden ban on refugees entering America and immigration crackdown in an open letter in the New York Times.
Ang, the special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, dropped some #facts to counter Trump’s claims that refusing refugees will make America safer, and it’s no doubt more eloquent than anything Trump has ever written.
“Refugees are men, women and children caught in the fury of war, or the cross hairs of persecution,” she begins. “Far from being terrorists, they are often the victims of terrorism themselves.”
A mother of six herself, the actress explains that while she wants America to be safe, the idea that refugees pose a threat is ridiculous, that associating refugees with terrorists is not only stupid and cruel, but dangerous.
“Refugees are in fact subject to the highest level of screening of any category of traveler to the United States,” she writes. “This includes months of interviews, and security checks carried out by the F.B.I., the National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department.
“Furthermore, only the most vulnerable people are put forward for resettlement in the first place: survivors of torture, and women and children at risk or who might not survive without urgent, specialised medical assistance. I have visited countless camps and cities where hundreds of thousands of refugees are barely surviving and every family has suffered.”
As a UN ambassador and someone who’s spent years volunteering to assist refugees, there’s no doubt Angelina has a hell of a lot more experience and understanding of the issue than Trump. Hope you’re reading, Donald.