Angelina Jolie slams Trump travel ban, calls for ‘compassionate America’

Actress and human rights advocate Angelina Jolie on Thursday said U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries hurts vulnerable refugees and could fuel extremism.

Without directly naming Trump, Jolie, who has served as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a New York Times opinion piece that discriminating based on religion was “playing with fire.”

The Oscar-winning actress added that as the mother of six children, “all born in foreign lands and proud American citizens,” she believed in the need for the nation’s safety, but said decisions should be “based on facts, not fear.”

“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,” she wrote.

Trump’s executive order bans citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days. Refugee admissions were suspended for 120 days while Syrian refugees were barred indefinitely.

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