Refugee Policy: From The Perspective of Angelina Jolie

February 2nd, Celebrity and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie wrote in The New York Times regarding the direction policies should have towards refugees, particularly within the United States.

The opinion article Angelina Jolie: Refugee Policy Should Be Based in Facts, Not Fear uses a personal narrative to explain the decades of US government reactions to refugees. Jolie points out the repetitive bias nature on policies, and the xenophobic (fear of otherness/ difference) tendencies politicians will have almost explicit in their decision towards the the refugee communities.

“Fear”, Jolie states, “…is not our way. Targeting the weakest does not show strength.” Particularly, the global refugee crisis has become almost weaponize to create restrictions of entry from identifying groups. We have already seen this with the Brexit vote of 2016, and the both attempts of the Muslim Ban in the United States.

Yet the United States prides itself on being free, while placing restrictions on those who they deem as a threat, even though the refugee community wants to be free as well.

To read more of the article, please visit Angelina Jolie: Refugee Policy Should Be Based in Facts, Not Fear on The New York Times Website.

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