Thursday 22 June 2017

Our history means Irish must reject Muslim travel ban

Demonstrators protest against the travel ban, at San Francisco airport. Photo: Kate Munsch
Demonstrators protest against the travel ban, at San Francisco airport. Photo: Kate Munsch

I write to you as a dual citizen of Ireland and the United States, on the matter of the Syrian refugee crisis and the nonsensical immigration actions of our new president, Donald Trump.

Every sovereign country is entitled to secure borders, with thoughtful, just policies about immigration.

At the same time, global humanitarian crises - particularly the Syrian crisis, abetted by our previous US administration - must be answered with the exceptional compassion, capability and generosity of Americans.

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