“I shed a tear for the country I know and love,” wrote veteran journalist Dan Rather while sharing his thoughts on President Trump’s executive order that temporarily banned citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries to enter the United States.
In his widely shared Facebook post, Rather also notes, “For generations, we have been an imperfect but vital beacon of freedom to a world too often wandering and failing in moral confusion. But that ultimate strength has dimmed considerably in light of the recent actions on immigration from the new President Donald Trump.”
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Reflecting on its implications, the former news anchor continues, “This will be challenged in the courts, who may very well strike it down. But damage, real damage, has been done to our global image.”
He ends his post with, “Every day that it goes on, every day the chaos, confusion and heartbreak deepens, America loses more pieces of its soul and standing in the world.”
Many other prominent figures have also spoken out against Trump’s ban.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said, “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.”
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a message to his page saying, “Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump.”
And while Zuckerberg suggests the U.S. bar entry to those who pose a threat, he goes on to say that people who need help or could benefit the country should be allowed in.