America is a nation of immigrants and should be proud of it, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted Friday afternoon in a rebuke to President Trump.
“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 of his wife, Priscilla Chan, whose family were refugees from China and Vietnam.
Trump signed an executive order Friday that puts a moratorium on allowing refugees from a list of predominantly Muslim countries to enter the United States, though it makes exceptions for religious minorities in those countries such as Christians.
The tone is stronger that in April when Zuckerberg told attendees at Facebook’s annual developers conference that bridges, not walls, were the answer. “If the world starts to turn inwards, then our community will just have to work even harder to bring them all together,” he said.
The April statements were seemingly in response to then-candidate Trump’s calls for a wall between the United States and Mexico, but Zuckerberg later said his comments weren’t about any one person or country.
Friday’s statement was very clearly aimed at Trump.
“Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump,” he wrote.
“We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Elizabeth Weise