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Credit: Books Not Bombs

Donald Trump has made it clear that when it comes to foreign affairs, America comes first. But for a group of Muslim women students at colleges across the United States, helping those abroad is not only okay — it’s a responsibility.

The women are part of the Books Not Bombs campaign, an initiative organized by Students Organize for Syria and calls on universities to join the IIE Syria Consortium to help Syrian refugees access higher education. The campaign launched last year, before Trump’s ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries was introduced, but since the first version of that executive order took effect, Books Not Bombs organizers — who are primarily Muslim women — have been ramping up their efforts.