President Donald Trump is planning to issue an executive order that will drastically reduce the number of refugees admitted to the US, which includes a 120-day suspension of all refugees and an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria.
The executive order will also deny visas to individuals from countries the Trump administration considers to be high-risk.
So far, the list of countries that will be impacted by this executive order include: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
These are all Muslim-majority countries.
A few days before Trump's inauguration, Bana Alabed, the 7-year-old girl from Aleppo whose tweets stole the world's heart, wrote an open letter to America's new president.
As Trump is poised to take action against some of the world's most vulnerable people, the words of this letter couldn't be more relevant.
Alabed, who recently fled to Turkey, wrote,
While Alabed is grateful for her new life in Turkey, she made sure to note that many Syrian children have not been so lucky,
She implored Trump to "save the children and people of Syria,"
Unfortunately, it appears Alabed's letter will fall on deaf ears.
In spite of the fact just three refugees have been arrested over terrorism in the US since 9/11, Trump has characterized them as a "Trojan horse" and a potential terror threat.
His executive order will do very little to keep Americans safe, but will undoubtedly inflict more hardship on people who are already suffering.
We are currently witnessing the worst refugee crisis of our era, with 21.3 million refugees worldwide.
Approximately 4.8 million of these refugees are from Syria.
This is a global refugee crisis. Whether we like it or not, we are all connected to it.
Ignoring it will only make the world more unstable, but President Trump seems determined to ignore this fact.
Citations: America's puzzling moral ambivalence about Middle East refugees (Brookings), Aleppo Twitter Star Bana al-Abed Asks Trump to 'Save' Syria's Children (NBC News), Trump Prepares To Halt Syrian Refugee Admissions, Limit Muslim Entry (Huffington Post)