President Donald Trump recently signed executive orders on immigration banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. The order set off mass confusion at airports and is affecting thousands of people worldwide.
25-year-old Sudanese-born Australian TV host Yassmin Abdel-Magied also became a victim of the Muslim ban. She was all set to go on a planned tour to the U.S. where she was supposed to speak about a range of topics including multiculturalism.
However, now, she's being denied entry.
Abdel-Magied is an Australian mechanical engineer, author and ABC TV presenter and has a dual citizenship with Sudan. She was also Queensland’s 2015 Young Australian of the Year.
She took to Facebook to let people know that she won’t be able to be the keynote speaker at an event in the U.S. because they think she might be “a terrorist.”
Abdel-Magied and her family arrived in Australia when she was 2 and since then she has devoted her extraordinary energy and talents to making Australia a better place. She founded Youth Without Borders, an organization that enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their communities and internationally.
She also said she feared for her cousins who are living in the United States.
“This sort of policy has never been shown to reduce terrorism… these moves are what led to the erosion of international norms, and soon enough, human rights,” she added.
The ban completely suspends the United States' Syrian refugee program, which accepted 12,486 Syrians in 2016. It also gives preference to accepting Christian refugees from the Middle East over Muslim refugees. And it reduces the cap on the total number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. in 2017 from 110,000 to just 50,000. Australians who hold passports from one of the seven Muslim-majority nations implicated by the Trump administration's immigration ban may be affected by the controversial order.
A global backlash against President Trump's immigration curbs picked up pace when governments from London and Berlin to Jakarta and Tehran spoke out against Trump's order.
Trump’s Muslim ban inspired protests around the country as well. People took to Twitter to oppose the act.
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