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    Malala, Zuckerberg React to Trump’s US Immigration Ban

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    Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani female education activist, and Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, have expressed their reactions to US President Donald Trump’s new ban on allowing people from seven Muslim countries to enter the US.

    Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani-born female activist who wrote a blog for BBC about a life under Taliban rule when she was 11 and is the youngest person ever to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, expressed concern about executive order that will ban entry for people from Syria and six other countries to the US in a post on her Malala Fund's Facebook page.  

    "I am heartbroken that today President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers and fathers fleeing violence and war," Malala said in her statement. "I am heartbroken that America is turning its back on a proud history of welcoming refugees and immigrants — the people who helped build your country, ready to work hard in exchange for a fair chance at a new life."

    ​"I am heartbroken that Syrian refugee children, who have suffered through six years of war by no fault of their own, are singled-out for discrimination," she wrote.

    Zuckerberg, the CEO of the social media giant, was more reserved in his reaction.

    "The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that," he wrote in his Facebook post.

    "We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That's who we are. Had we turned away refugees a few decades ago, Priscilla's family wouldn't be here today," he wrote, referring to Priscilla Chan, his wife.

    However, Zuckerberg noted some positive reactions to Trump's policies.

    "I'm glad the President believes our country should continue to benefit from ‘people of great talent coming into the country,'" he wrote. "I was glad to hear President Trump say he's going to "work something out" for immigrants who were brought to this country at a young age by their parents."

    According to Zuckerberg, currently about 750,000 young migrants benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that allows them to live and work legally in the US.

    The bans, enacted by executive order by Trump January 27, indefinitely suspends the US program to accept Syrian refugees and temporarily bans entry to the US of nationals from predominantly Muslim Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, even if they hold valid visas or green cards, in some cases. Christians and other members of minority religions from those countries are to take priority in immigration processes, the new regulations state.


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      Stick to what you do best, Z, which is to vacate the landed US for a desert island that cost you $100 million to get away. You can afford to be a citizen of the world, but there was a reason Trump did not choose FB to stay in touch with his army of "deplorables'. Stay in touch though...
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      malala..why you not live in Pakistan anymore?
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      marcanhaltin reply toK.T(Show commentHide comment)
      K.T, (from malala) "too hot, too dirty, too poor, too far away from clean water, too crowded, too far from shopping centers, too narrow minded, too close to Taliban..."
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      Antares Primein reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
      marcanhalt, "too far from shopping centers"? Did she really say that? I should think "too close to Taliban" would be her No. 1 reason. Still I don't know why anyone would downvote you for quoting her.

      She is respectable for her resistance against the Taliban, but she's being told what to say on this matter. It isn't up to her as a foreigner to tell the US how to handle its foreign migrant problem. The liberals are telling her to say that and she is very young, so she doesn't know any better.

      She really should stick to her strong suit, which is denouncing Islamic fundamentalism. As for Zuckerberg, he should just be quiet. He has destroyed much of whatever remained of culture and human interaction in the US and the West, and no person of good conscience should even care what the likes of him might think about anything.
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      Wow, Mark Zuckerberg expressed his reactions. What a Great Guy!
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      marcanhaltin reply toAntares Prime(Show commentHide comment)
      Antares Prime, Good thinking, especially the part about Zs changing how he has changed the way we interact. Of course, you can't be entirely responsible for what goes down the drain once you have pulled the plug, Still, he did pull the plug
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Who cares what Malala and suckerberg have to say !
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