When Donald Trump signed the Muslim ban on Friday he instantly earned the wrath of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who used his platform to defend immigrants against Trump’s hate and bigotry.
Trump’s executive order bans refugees from war-torn nations like Syria from entering the United States to seek peace and a better life. It further bans immigrants from Iran and Iraq as well as other nations in the Middle East and Africa, although Trump made an exception for nations his company has dealings with such as Saudi Arabia, a nation with ties to the funding of the 9/11 attackers.
The new policy was cheered by bigoted conservatives, but drew a sharp rebuke from Zuckerberg, whose wife is from a family of refugees.
My great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland. Priscilla’s parents were refugees from China and Vietnam. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that.
Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump.
We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation.
We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That’s who we are. Had we turned away refugees a few decades ago, Priscilla’s family wouldn’t be here today.
Zuckerberg went on to vow that he will continue fighting on behalf of “Dreamers” who want to stay in this country and said that he hopes Trump will let them because millions of undocumented immigrants were brought here as children and had no control over decisions made by their parents.
“We are a nation of immigrants, and we all benefit when the best and brightest from around the world can live, work and contribute here,” Zuckerberg concluded. “I hope we find the courage and compassion to bring people together and make this world a better place for everyone.”
Here’s the full post via Facebook.
Donald Trump’s decision to ban Muslims, including those with green cards, from entering the United States has caused worldwide chaos as millions of people have been forced to change their travel plans. Refugees are being blocked from seeking asylum. And businesses are taking a hit because some of their employees are unable to return to the United States to do their jobs and families are deeply concerned for their loved ones and whether they will ever be able to see them again.
This policy is embarrassing to the United States and only damages our image and reputation around the globe.
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