Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to share two articles highlighting the contributions made by some of the people who could be kept out of the United States because of President Donald Trump’s immigration order.
Clinton has been relatively quiet since her devastating loss in the 2016 presidential election. On Jan. 31, she tweeted articles that appear to be in response to Trump’s new immigration order.
“What I’m thinking about today,” Clinton tweeted, linking to an article by The New Yorker and another by The New York Times.
The New Yorker article included an interview with Gold Star Father Khizr Khan, whom Clinton campaigned with during the presidential race. Trump was critical of Khan after he gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention.
In the interview, Khan called the new order “un-American,” and said it was “against the safety of my country.”
“I say to President Trump and his security advisers, the drafters of these executive orders, to get out of the White House and go to Arlington Cemetery and stand in front of all the tombstones and learn from observation that Muslims, and people from all other faiths, have given their lives to protect the Constitution and values of pluralism and equal protection,” Khan, whose son died while stopping a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004, told The New Yorker.
“I hope that their sense of patriotism is awakened and they realize that these executive orders banning Muslims and creating walls will not do,” Khan added. “It alienates Muslims who are patriotic citizens. The Bush and Obama Administrations learned that alienating a large Muslim population in the United States works against keeping the U.S. secure. It makes people think of harm.”
The New York Times article was written by former Marine infantry officer Zachary Iscol, who is currently on the board of the International Refugee Assistance Project.
Iscol told the stories of Frank and Abood, two men who assisted his Marine unit. Frank served as an interpreter and was shot in the leg, while Abood was forced to flee the country after militants left a dog’s head outside of his door one morning.
Iscol met with General John Kelly prior to testifying before the Senate in 2007 about the need to help Iraqis who assisted the troops. Kelly is now the secretary of Homeland Security. He recently told reporters that Trump’s order is “not a Muslim ban.”
“Officially, he needed to ensure that I wasn’t going to embarrass the Marine Corps,” Iscol wrote of his meeting with Kelly at the time. “But I’ll never forget his words to me: ‘Abood had worn the Marine Corps uniform in combat, and we had an obligation to keep him safe.'”
In a previous tweet, Clinton showed solidarity with those protesting Trump’s executive orders.
“I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution,” Clinton wrote. “This is not who we are.”
Sources: Daily Mail, The New Yorker, The New York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr