Pakistani activist and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai condemned United States President, Donald Trump’s executive order to keep the “radical Islamists” out of the US. She said it was heartbreaking to see that Trump was closing his door for people who were escaping from violence and war.
In a very emotional statement, Malala said that it was unfortunate that Trump was turning back people who were willing to work in return of a chance of living a peaceful life. Speaking about the Syrian refugee crisis, Malala said that it was saddening to see that the Syrian children who have suffered for years for no fault of their own are put through such discrimination because of this one decision.
A day after United States President, Donald Trump signed an executive order to build a wall across the US-Mexico border, he signed another order on January 28 to keep the “radical Islamists” out of the US. The order prevents people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen from entering the country for 30 days.
Read Malala’s full statement here:
I am heartbroken that today President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers and fathers fleeing violence and war. I am heartbroken that America is turning its back on a proud history of welcoming refugees and immigrants — the people who helped build your country, ready to work hard in exchange for a fair chance at a new life.
I am heartbroken that Syrian refugee children, who have suffered through six years of war by no fault of their own, are singled-out for discrimination.
I am heartbroken for girls like my friend Zaynab, who fled wars in three countries — Somalia, Yemen and Egypt — before she was even 17. Two years ago she received a visa to come to the United States. She learned English, graduated high school and is now in college studying to be a human rights lawyer.
Zaynab was separated from her little sister when she fled unrest in Egypt. Today her hope of being reunited with her precious sister dims.
In this time of uncertainty and unrest around the world, I ask President Trump not to turn his back on the world’s most defenseless children and families.”
Trump further asserted that the country “will never forget the lessons of 9/11 nor the heroes who lost at the Pentagon,” and will honour them not only with our words, but with our actions adding that the steps that were taken by previously after the 9/11 attacks did not stop the terrorists to enter the United States.
He affirmed that those entering the country should not have hostile attitudes towards the country. He clearly stated that those who engage in activities including “honour” killings and have a violent approach to women should not be let into the country.