President Donald Trump issued his controversial executive order to ban refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, claiming it would help protect the lives of American people.
But, according to the widow of one U.S. Army Ranger, Trump’s ban is not what her husband gave up his life for.
The powerful statement came from Marie Tillman, the widow of Pat Tillman, who played in the NFL from 1998-2001 but quit football to enlist in the military after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He was killed in 2004 in Afghanistan.
"In 2002 my husband enlisted in the U.S. Army, he stood up to serve because he believed in the principles on which our country was founded and, recognizing it wasn’t perfect, was passionate about what it could be,” Marie Tillman wrote on Facebook.
“Today I am deeply saddened by the news of the executive order banning immigration. This is not the country he dreamed of, not what he served for and not what he died for. Since his death I have embarked on the most meaningful work of my life, supporting the men and women who, like Pat, fight for what this country can be,” she added.
Trump has cited terror threat and national security as two of the major driving forces behind his temporary ban on Muslim immigration ever since he suggested the idea on his presidential campaign trail.
However, a lot of war veterans disagree with Trump’s premise.
In the wake of the latest travel ban, Dario DiBattista, a U.S. war veteran who served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps between 2001 and 2007, shared a photo he took with an Iraqi girl in Al Anbar province:
Global News reports DiBattista also said Trump’s move puts “the lives of American civilians and service members at risk.”
“If I’m working propaganda for a jihadist group right now, it’s very easy for me to point my finger at America and say ‘Americans don’t like you’ so come join our cause,” he said.
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