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Deeply affected by Trump's immigration ban: Priyanka Chopra


In her Linkedin blog on protecting children's rights, the actress spoke about the recent temporary ban by the US on people from certain countries.

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Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, who is Unicef's global Goodwill Ambassador, says that as a global citizen, US President Donald Trump's recent immigration ban - which she described as a "political witch hunt" - has deeply affected her.

In a blog post on Thursday on the professional networking website LinkedIn, which she joined last year as a LinkedIn Influencer, she wrote a post about keeping the hope alive and adding your voice to children's rights. 

While speaking about the difference one can make in the lives of children in crisis all over the world, Priyanka also mentioned the recent temporary immigration ban by the US President.

She wrote: "The images have been adding up over the weekend. A young boy at an airport desperately clinging to his mother with fear in his eyes after being detained for hours at Dulles International airport in Washington DC, unable to fathom the chaos of being stopped entry into what he knew as his home.

The US, has always acknowledged that it is a country built by immigrants. The anger, frustration and helplessness that has followed US State Department’s 90-day ban of people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the US is justified. 

As a global citizen, this has deeply affected me.

Getting ready to post this blog, I was grounded by the news. All of the 'banned' countries are places where a lot of UNICEF work is going on, where children are suffering the most. What can I add that people across professions and age groups have not already said? But adding your voice will definitely make a difference. 

And make a difference we must. Please join me in making our voice stronger so that globally, our children are not discriminated against on the basis of their religion and do not have to bear the brunt of a political witch hunt."

Priyanka is currently in the US to shoot the second season of her popular TV show Quantico. She divides her time between India and the US.

Protests took place at airports across the US in response to Trump's recent travel ban preventing entry from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Click to read Priyanka Chopra's complete  blog on Linkedin.

- with inputs from IANS