Famous Refugees Who’d Have Different Destinies If Trump’s Immigration Ban Expanded
The new president of the USA Mr. Donald Trump has recently signed an order preventing refugees from Syria, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan coming to the USA. But do we know who the refugees are in the first place? What does the word refugee mean? Well according to the UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, a refugee is a person who is forced to leave his/her home to escape conflict or persecution. Today, there are over 21 million refugees in the world (UNHRC statistics). And now, Mr. Trump is forbidding those refugees to enter his country. What would have happened if this ban existed before? All of those famous refugees would live in danger and probably wouldn’t accomplish their life goals. You have to bear in mind that even Steve Jobs was the biological son of a Syrian migrant. What would have happened if his father was denied the entrance to the USA in the first place? We can just imagine… Here are some other famous refugees who would have had different destinies if Trump was president before.
Freddie Mercury, the frontman of the band Queen, was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania back in 1946. He was taking piano lessons in India. When he was 17, his family run away from Zanzibar for safety reasons. It was in 1964 when the Zanzibar Revolution occurred taking away thousands of Arabs and Indians in the fight. The Mercury family found their new home in England. The rest is history.
Mila is an actress of Jewish descent born in Ukraine in 1983. Her parents were not poor but left Ukraine because they saw no bright future for Mila and her brother in that country. When she was 7 years old, her family found their new home in New York with only $250 in their pockets. When asked to tell something about that period when she started attending school in LA, she said: ‘‘I blocked out second grade completely. I have no recollection of it. I always talk to my mom and my grandma about it. It was because I cried every day. I didn’t understand the culture. I didn’t understand the people. I didn’t understand the language. My first sentence of my essay to get into college was like, ‘Imagine being blind and deaf at age seven.’ And that’s kind of what it felt like moving to the States.” Mila’s husband Aston Kutcher recently published on his twitter account that he considers Trumps’s ban quite personally. He wrote: ‘‘ My wife came to this country on a refugee visa in the middle of the Cold War. My blood is boiling right now!”
This pop star was born in Havana, Cuba in 1957. Her full name was Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García. When she was only 2 years old, together with her family, Gloria ran away from Fidel Castro’s Communist revolution. After entering the USA, her father joined the U.S. Army and fought in the Vietnam War, after which he became sick. Gloria Estefan was the lead singer of the group Miami Sound Machine and married the band leader Emilion Estefan. They have two children together.
Einstein (1879-1955) was as a Nobel-winning physicist who fled from Germany to the USA in 1933 when the Nazis were in charge of that country. He is known to have said: “I shall live in a land where political freedom, tolerance, and equality of all citizens reign.” What would he say today, after Trump’s ban?
Marlene Dietrich was a German actress and singer born in 1901. She left Germany three years before Einstein. Upon her arrival in America, she got her American citizenship and later performed for Allied troops during World War II. Marlene once said: “America took me into her bosom when I no longer had a native country worthy of the name.”
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was a famous psychoanalyst of Jewish descent. He was born in Austro-Hungarian Empire as the oldest of the eight children. His parents were from today’s Ukraine. When Nazis took power over Germany he went to London with his wife.
Madeleine Albright is the American politician and diplomat. She was the first female U.S. Secretary of State. Madeleine was born in Czechoslovakia in 1937. She recently stood against Trump’s immigration ban through her Facebook status saying: “As a refugee myself who fled the communist takeover of Czechoslovakia, I personally benefited from this country’s generosity and its tradition of openness. This order would end that tradition, and discriminate against those fleeing a brutal civil war in Syria.”
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