Monday 25 September 2017

'I'm sick to my stomach' - Celebrities react to Donald Trump's 'extreme vetting' order

Demonstrators shout slogans during anti-Donald Trump immigration ban protests inside Terminal 4 at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California, U.S., January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Kate Munsch
Demonstrators shout slogans during anti-Donald Trump immigration ban protests inside Terminal 4 at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California, U.S., January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Kate Munsch
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

As thousands of protests take place around the US against President Trump's immigration crackdown, celebrities are taking to social media to voice their opinion.

On Friday, Donald Trump signed two orders calling for the "great rebuilding" of the nation's military and the "extreme vetting" of visa seekers from terror-plagued countries, barring the entry of foreign nationals from certain countries for 90 days.

As a result, thousands of protests have taken place in airports around the US, with celebrities taking to social media to voice their support for immigrants trying to enter the US.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore filmed a Facebook Live stream from a protest in JFK airport, and urged his followers to go out and protest from wherever they are.

"In other cities, go to your airport's international terminal now. Show Donald Trump who the majority is," he said in one of multiple tweets about the issue.

"To our Muslim neighbors in the world: I and tens of millions of others are so very sorry. The majority of Americans did not vote for this man."

The Fault in Our Stars author John Green shared several articles about refugees, and said: "Say it loud. Say it clear. Refugees are welcome here."

Silicon Valley actor and stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani shared his experience of coming to America: "As someone who was born in Pakistan, I can tell you coming into America is very difficult. A #MuslimBan accomplishes nothing but hate."

The Blizzards frontman Niall Breslin questioned when Irish politicians will take action on the order, which has been denounced by civil rights groups as discriminatory.

"Theresa May being torn apart for delay in condemning #MuslimBan. Where is the condemnation from our politicians?"

Comedian Seth Rogan urged his followers to protest, while Star Trek actor George Takei shared an article titled "Trump’s immigration ban excludes countries with business ties," and captioned the post, "I hope we’re all paying attention."

Scandal star Kerry Washington said she is "sick to her stomach" about the order, and Lily Allen told her followers: "Don't normalise #MuslimBan. It is a heinous, heinous act."

The order bars the entry of foreign nationals from certain countries for 90 days. While no countries are specifically named in the order, it refers to a statute that would apply to seven Muslim-majority nations: Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq and a 120-day suspension of the US refugee programme.

Travellers from those nations were either barred from getting on their flights or detained at US airports after they landed, including tourists, foreign students and people trying to visit friends and family.

Protests broke out at several US airports where travellers were being held, including a gathering of several hundred people outside San Francisco's main airport and a raucous demonstration of at least 2,000 people at New York's Kennedy International Airport.

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