President Donald Trump’s executive orders to ban immigration from seven Muslim countries sparked serious backlash not only in the United States but also across the globe.
Several world leaders, including British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, condemned the move. Moreover, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to social media to share an inspirational message welcoming refugees.
However, one prominent name missing from the long list of politicians denouncing the ban was Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who drew public ire after saying it was not his job to run commentary on the policies of other countries.
“The World without Us” author Mireille Juchau had the perfect response to his statement.
The writer, who lives in Sydney, shared a powerful letter on Twitter to explain why people need to raise their voices against the American immigration ban.
During World War II, Juchau’s great grandparents applied for asylum in Australia. However, the government rejected them as refugees.
They later became causalities of the Nazi regime and died in Auschwitz.
“I woke up on Sunday morning and I saw what was happening. I was appalled, and I felt that I had to show the human cost of these bureaucratic decisions,” she told BuzzFeed News. “With a signature you can consign someone to safety or you can abandon them.”
Juchau encouraged her children to write letters to Turnbull, requesting him to speak out against the xenophobic ban that is ripping families apart and has even become a matter of life-and-death for many.
“I felt dismayed there wasn’t a reaction from our prime minister,” she added.
The photo of the chilling document soon went viral.
“I didn’t post it for want of sympathy, but I have been astonished by the number of people who responded to that tweet with their own story,” Juchau explained. “This was only my small contribution to something that I couldn’t remain silent about.”
Trump’s travel-ban list includes Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and Syria.
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