Malala Yousafzai Responds to President Trump's Refugee Ban

January 28th 2017

Willie Burnley Jr.

On Friday, Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Price laureate Malala Yousafzai released a statement Facebook expressing heartbreak over President Donald Trump's order banning the entry of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries into the United States. 


"I am heartbroken that today President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers and fathers fleeing violence and war," Yousafzai's post reads. "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."

Trump's order suspends Visas for nationals of Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days, suspends all refugee entry for 120 days, and indefinitely halts entry by Syrian refugees. 

In her statement, Yousafzai argued “that Syrian refugee children, who have suffered through six years of war by no fault of their own, are singled-out for discrimination” based on the executive order signed by the president. The new administration has long argued, however, that it is necessary to restrict or even disallow entry into the United States from countries with alleged ties to terrorism.

“When I'm elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we fully understand how to end these threats,” then-candidate Trump said in June after a mass shooting in Orlando, which was carried out by an American-born citizen whose parents immigrated from Afghanistan. 

As ATTN: reported on Friday, Trump's order has drawn rebuke from politicians and public figures. 

Yousafzai, who was the victim of an assassination attempt by the Taliban for her activism for the education for girls and women, asked President Trump “not to turn his back on the world’s most defenseless children and families."

Read her full post below.