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Angelina Jolie Pens Op-Ed on Refugee Crisis: 'Acting Out of Fear Is Not Our Way'

Angelina Jolie Pens Op-Ed on Refugee Crisis: 'Acting Out of Fear Is Not Our Way'

Angelina Jolie has written a passionate op-ed piece for the New York Times concerning refugees after Donald Trump went forward with the immigration ban last week.

“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,” the 41-year-old actress and special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees wrote in the essay.

“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,” she continued.

“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,” Angelina added.

“The lesson of the years we have spent fighting terrorism since Sept. 11 is that every time we depart from our values we worsen the very problem we are trying to contain. We must never allow our values to become the collateral damage of a search for greater security. Shutting our door to refugees or discriminating among them is not our way, and does not make us safer. Acting out of fear is not our way. Targeting the weakest does not show strength,” she continued.

Read the entire piece over at the New York Times.

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  • toastie postie

    Yea for Angie!!!

  • namers

    What she said.

  • African Girl

    Very thoughtful and eloquent op-ed!!

    Smart woman!!

  • Wonderbust

    YAAS! Queen so proud. Lovely Op-ed

  • African Girl

    Confession – Even though I was certain she would have her say about the issue, a part of me was kinda hoping she wouldn’t because of her history with the Bully in Charge but you know what….she is right Fear shouldn’t be the basis to do or not do something, especially when it is the right thing to do.

  • toastie postie

    Yes. I was the same but that is what Congress and others without spines are doing, keeping quiet, as long as it doesn’t affect them. She rocks as always!!!

  • MHR

    Thank you so much Angelina.

    “The lesson of the years we have spent fighting terrorism since Sept. 11 is that every time we depart from our values we worsen the very problem we are trying to contain. We must never allow our values to become the collateral damage of a search for greater security. Shutting our door to refugees or discriminating among them is not our way, and does not make us safer. Acting out of fear is not our way. Targeting the weakest does not show strength.”

  • lyric

    Angie, being her usual intelligent, articulate self. What an incredibly awesome lady. So proud to be her fan.

  • toastie postie

    Indeed. So well spoken and just someone who makes you want to be a better person.

  • ali7

    Like most Hollywood she’s not insulting the orange, she very articulate and talking passionately abt refugees

  • Wonderbust

    i dont know if he would say anything since her dad is his biggest supporter and he talked shiit about her when she and her dad were on the outs

  • Etta

    Now wait for Trump to lash out.

  • toastie postie

    He will try to do so in a more sneaky way. Someone is keeping the phone away until they can think of a smart tweet. But they have to sleep sometime. LOL.

  • ali7

    I totally hate people magazine, she is not even talking about the orange and their headline is abt the orange

  • lyric

    Agree!!

  • Lace

    To those who bitched why AJP is quite on refugees I guess you are happy now

  • Lace

    Angelina Jolie: Refugee Policy Should Be Based on Facts, Not Fear
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    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. 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.

    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.

    It is simply not true that our borders are overrun or that refugees are admitted to the United States without close scrutiny.Refugees are in fact subject to the highest level of screening of any category of traveler to the United States. This includes months of interviews, and security checks carried out by the F.B.I., the National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department.

    Furthermore, only the most vulnerable people are put forward for resettlement in the first place: survivors of torture, and women and children at risk or who might not survive without urgent, specialized medical assistance. I have visited countless camps and cities where hundreds of thousands of refugees are barely surviving and every family has suffered. When the United Nations Refugee Agency identifies those among them who are most in need of protection, we can be sure that they deserve the safety, shelter and fresh start that countries like ours can offer.
    And in fact only a minuscule fraction — less than 1 percent — of all refugees in the world are ever resettled in the United States or any other country. There are more than 65 million refugees and displaced people worldwide. Nine out of 10 refugees live in poor and middle-income countries, not in rich Western nations. There are 2.8 million Syrian refugees in Turkey alone. Only about 18,000 Syrians have been resettled in America since 2011.

    This disparity points to another, more sobering reality. 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.

    We are already living through the worst refugee crisis since World War II. There are countries in Africa and the Middle East bursting at the seams with refugees. For generations American diplomats have joined the United Nations in urging those countries to keep their borders open, and to uphold international standards on the treatment of refugees. Many do just that with exemplary generosity.

    What will be our response if other countries use national security as an excuse to start turning people away, or deny rights on the basis of religion? What could this mean for the Rohingya from Myanmar, or for Somali refugees, or millions of other displaced people who happen to be Muslim? And what does this do to the absolute prohibition in international law against discrimination on the grounds of faith or religion?

    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.

    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.

    The lesson of the years we have spent fighting terrorism since Sept. 11 is that every time we depart from our values we worsen the very problem we are trying to contain. We must never allow our values to become the collateral damage of a search for greater security. Shutting our door to refugees or discriminating among them is not our way, and does not make us safer. Acting out of fear is not our way. Targeting the weakest does not show strength.

    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.

    Angelina Jolie, a filmmaker, is the special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/opinion/angelina-jolie-refugee-policy-should-be-based-on-facts-not-fear.html?_r=1

  • whodunit?

    Very well thought out op-ed. Smart points made. And she did it without insulting anyone. Well done.

  • ali7

    She didn’t say anything abt him she is talking abt refugees and America

  • Lace

    I had a feeling we will hear from her via NYT.

  • Lace

    Fuck peeps they are anti Jolie anyway fuck them and their readers.

  • Lace

    If he does more fool him.

  • ali7

    She can sue them with this headline it is an op-ed, is not from sources

  • toastie postie

    Please never ever do anything with People, JPs.

  • busted

    Very well stated. Much better than the statement put out by the UNHCR.

    well done Angie, Well done.

  • plez

    We have to stop thinking of People mag as legit. It’s just another tabloid who uses it’s story titles as click bait.

  • Lace

    Her OP-ED has gone down well with the NYT commentators/posters, so proud of her. A very to the point OP-ED written compared to UNHCR’s statement.

  • Lace

    You know Peeps still come out looking piss poor idiots who cant differentiate an OP-ED to a source. Peeps are bitter bitches let them bitch in their own scum..

  • Lace

    True I hope JP’s don’t ever have anything to do with the shitholes.

  • HankHill/Back the Badge

    she should’ve ran for President.

  • toastie postie

    I saw some others sites mentioning the puppet in the WH. Unseemly for his name to be in the same sentence as Angelina’s.

  • Lace

    And Then there Beyonce, making sure she shares every part of her body for free viewing public to make a point she is the first human being on the planet to have twins.

  • African Girl

    When has he ever defended her? If The Bully in charge knows her dad as well as we think, then he would know JV is not going to stand up for her…he never did (not that AJ needs someone to play knight)

  • toastie postie

    A nice fantasy. I’d like to think that way, but it would never work. Besides who would wish that on anybody. She has so much going on as it is. But still so true. So many more deserving people would have be so much better, sane and soulful with hearts than Bannon…er…I mean Twitler.

  • toastie postie

    One day his grandkids are going to ask him about that.

  • Erianthe

    She’s not afraid of him. No one should be. She should speak her mind no matter who it offends — and you know dem Tramp supporters will come after her. This is what makes Angie … Angie … she’s lives her own truth and don’t give f*cuk all about the haters.

  • Lace

    That what sets her apart from everyone she is fearless and doesn’t care, when it comes to talking a few home truths, loved her op-ed. She’s come across many bullies in her life whats another bully like Trump going to do.

  • Malf

    Awesome op-ed!

  • Lace

    Lets hope daddy keeps quite at the moment.

  • Erianthe

    Angie’s op-ed is spot on. Well thought out and hits all the points about refugees, discrimination, alienation, irrational fears and isolation. Thank you Angie!!!! Even at her most vulnerable — attacked by the tabs, trying to heal her family — she’s still thinking about those less fortunate than her. That’s true American exceptionalism there — she represents the best of this country. Tramp and his ilk could learn a lot from her … they could learn a lot by reading a thesaurus too … but also a lot from her…

  • Lace

    AMEN

  • sue

    He was talking shit about her even when she let the Scarf wearing nut back in..

  • African Girl

    Very irresponsible of People Mag…this is not a gossip item, this is serious. It’s not one of their “this throws shade at that” kinda of story. They are so used to pitting one person against another, they don’t know when to stop.

    And you just know the orange bully in charge is not going to read the real article, he is going to go with the People version of it and lash out.

  • Lace

    Goes to show she still is a bigger person than him in every way and every form.

  • Erianthe

    No, my fantasy is that she has a meeting with Tramp at the White House regarding the refugee crisis and then ends up beating the shiz out of him telling the media “Sorry even I don’t have patience for that stupid azzhole…” One can dream…

  • number1_legsfan

    Bravo! Bravo! Well said Ange. “Every time we depart from our values we worsen the very problem we are trying to contain.” – I couldn’t agree more…

  • African Girl

    😂 😂 😂 😂

  • lurker

    She is on point

  • Lace

    Don’t get disheartening about fucking People Magazine, and their fake false lying headline, they have picked sides they are anti Angelina and still are going hard i’m just surprised they didnt add Brads name in their that Angelina did this to spite Brad lol. This doesn’t make them any better, people know by reading NYT Op-ed that that’s not what Angelina has written, yet People magazine now the lowest of low bottom feeders are trash tabloids.Fuck them.

  • African Girl

    Gosh! What I would give to be a fly on the wall when that happens. Lol