Malala says she’s “heartbroken” over US immigration orders, and we need to listen to her
It pains us to even report on this, but this is the reality of our country right now. On Friday, Donald Trump signed a document banning more than 130 million people, including refugees, from entering the United States. And while many are against it, one of the most poignant voices should be no surprise: Malala Yousafzai is heartbroken over Trump’s plans for refugees, and we are feeling that heartbreak right along side her.
Malala, guys. You don’t upset Malala.
The young Pakistani human rights activist is feeling heartbroken, helpless, and deeply concerned for the millions of people that Trump, and subsequently the U.S., has decided to refuse entry to.
Those feelings are shared by much of the world.
Trump’s plans for restricting immigrants and refugees from entering the U.S. include “extreme vetting” for immigrants with the intent of “keeping radical Islamic terrorists out.”
But until the “extreme vetting” plan is put in place, people from seven Muslim countries will be refused entry.
Malala took to social media to express her heartbreak, writing:
"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."
Her statement in full brings up her own friends who are suffering, and it’ll break your heart:
We still stand with Malala.