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Angelina Jolie On Travel Ban: 'Refugee Policy Should Be Based on Facts, Not Fear'

Angelina Jolie (photosAngelina Jolie photos) is speaking out against President Donald Trump's executive order and says that discriminating against refugees for their religion or country "invites the very instability we seek to protect ourselves against."

In a New York Times op-ed, the actress writes: "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," Jolie continues.

"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."

Jolie says the issue is also a personal one because many of her children werent born in the US.

"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."

"We all want to keep our country safe," Jolie concludes. "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 scrutiny. This is where I would hope any president of our great nation would lead on behalf of all Americans."

February 3, 2017 |

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