- Title: Albright "ready to register as Muslim"
- Date: 26th January 2017
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - JANUARY 18, 2017) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** BIALIK POSING BACKSTAGE AT THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS
- Embargoed: 9th February 2017 23:47
- Keywords: Donald Trump president Madeline Albright Mayim Bialik immigration Muslim executive order
- Location: WASHINGTON, DC, CONCORDE, NEW HAMPSHIRE, SANTA MONICA AND LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES/ INTERNET
- City: WASHINGTON, DC, CONCORDE, NEW HAMPSHIRE, SANTA MONICA AND LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES/ INTERNET
- Country: USA
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
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- Story Text: Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and actress Mayim Bialik said on Twitter on Wednesday (January 25) that they are "ready" to register as Muslims if U.S. President Donald Trump were to create such a registry as part of his immigration plan.
A draft executive order seen by Reuters that Trump is expected to sign in the coming days would block the entry of refugees from war-torn Syria and suspend the entry of any immigrants from Muslim-majority Middle Eastern and African countries Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen while permanent rules are studied.
Trump is also expected to order a multi-month ban on allowing refugees into the United States except for religious minorities escaping persecution, until more aggressive vetting is in place, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.
Using the hashtag #solidarity, Albright tweeted, "I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as a Muslim in #solidarity."
Bialik's tweet read, "I'm Jewish. I stand ready to register as a Muslim in #solidarity if it comes to that."
Before his Nov. 8 election victory, Trump, a Republican, originally proposed a ban on all Muslims entering the country, a measure that almost certainly would have faced legal challenges for discrimination on the basis of religion. He later altered his stance to target countries known to be sources of terrorism.
The administration's aim is to head off Islamist violence in the United States, but critics say the measures soil America's reputation as a welcoming place for immigrants of all kinds.
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