President Donald Trump’s
immigration Muslim ban has left many people’s lives in limbo, particularly refugees who thought they would finally find asylum in the United States.
A Chicago mother named Jennifer Koltsano shed light on the heartbreaking effects of the ban — which bars refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. — in a powerful Facebook post.
Along with about 40 neighbors, Koltsano signed up to co-sponsor a Syrian refugee family through the Refugee One organization. However, following Trump’s executive order on Friday, they learned the family would not be able to enter the country, The Huffington Post reports.
Koltsano posted a photo of the empty crib she had bought for the refugee family’s 16-month-old baby girl with a heartfelt caption condemning Trump's ridiculous action.
“For those who have asked, we just received news that the refugee family we and several other neighbors were sponsoring will be forbidden from arriving on Monday due to the latest executive order,” Koltsano wrote. “Today Trump said he signed this action to keep out terrorists and to keep our country and our military safe. He has chosen to do that by barring an accountant, a literature major, and toddler from being reunited with their brothers, sister, parents, and grandparents after a 2-year vetting process because of their country of origin and their religion. And he has chosen to do that on a symbolic day on which we remember millions who died because of their religion. Today will be remembered as one of the great moral failings of our nation just as our refusal to take in Jewish refugees during the holocaust. This order is fundamentally immoral and un-American and I am deeply ashamed of our government. And so so very sad for a young family fleeing war that we had just begun to know”
The post began to spread like wildfire, and before long, it had accumulated more than 27,000 reactions, nearly 3,000 comments, and was shared over 28,000 times.
Koltsano reportedly said she didn’t expect the post to go viral. She initially just wanted to update her friends and family who had donated to help resettle the refugee family.
She and her cosponsors had furnished a new apartment for the family, who may never get to set foot inside of it.
“Just imagining raising a child in a refugee camp environment and then being told you could see your family again, you could be reunited with your mom and your daughter’s grandma and being told ‘No, sorry, you’re three days too late for that’ — I can’t imagine what that’s like,” said Alisa Wartick, one of the members of the co-sponsorship group.
After seeing Koltsano's post, it’s impossible to turn a blind eye to just how inhumane this ban truly is.
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