One of the reasons why St. Angie Jolie was awarded with a halo on her head is because of her work with refugees around the world. Since she started working with the United Nations over 15 years ago, she’s visited refugees, spoke out for them and has donated millions to help them. So obviously she has thoughts about Donald Trump’s week-old executive order, which bans refugees and Muslims from certain countries from coming into the United States. I figured that Angie would respond by assembling the ANGIE TEAM 6 (Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox) and together they’d sneak into the White House, tie up Trump and take turns giving him noogies before he screamed mercy and tore the EO up. But instead of doing that, Angie wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times where she lays down why the ban is wrong and dangerous.
Angie, who never calls out Trump by name in her piece, writes that nobody is screened like a refugee is screened and less than 1 percent of them are settled in the U.S. or any other country. She says that most of the people who are resettled are victims of torture or women and children who need special medical care. According to Angie, only 18,000 Syrians have been settled in the U.S. since 2011. Angie says that if we ban refugees, it’ll only make shit worse.
If we send a message that it is acceptable to close the door to refugees, or to discriminate among them on the basis of religion, we are playing with fire. We are lighting a fuse that will burn across continents, inviting the very instability we seek to protect ourselves against….
The truth is that even if the numbers of refugees we take in are small, and we do the bare minimum, we do it to uphold the United Nations conventions and standards we fought so hard to build after World War II, for the sake of our own security.
If we Americans say that these obligations are no longer important, we risk a free-for-all in which even more refugees are denied a home, guaranteeing more instability, hatred and violence.
She also quoted Ronald Reagan:
If we create a tier of second-class refugees, implying Muslims are less worthy of protection, we fuel extremism abroad, and at home we undermine the ideal of diversity cherished by Democrats and Republicans alike: “America is committed to the world because so much of the world is inside America,” in the words of Ronald Reagan. If we divide people beyond our borders, we divide ourselves.
And she ends with a note to any president of this country:
We all want to keep our country safe. 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 security. This is where I would hope any president of our great nation would lead on behalf of all Americans.
You can read St. Angie’s full piece here.
Well, wherever you are at 4am EST, just know that Donald Trump will be in the White House wondering if he should tweet, “Angelina Jolies used to be a 8 and now she’s a 4, no wonder the man she stole from Jessica Aniston left her. SAD!”, or, “Angelina Jolie is a disgrace and not a great American like her father Jon Jolie!“