Trump’s EO on Visa Ban Prompts Iranian Actress to Boycott Oscars

By Lawrence Synder, The Goldwater · 01-27-2017
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President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that will enforce on refugees and migrants coming from Muslim countries that have been categorized as high-risk due to terrorist activity. Following reports of the ban, Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-nominated film “The Salesman,” said she will boycott the 2017 Academy Awards.

According to new reports, Trump is preparing to sign an executive order that will enforce a ban on various Muslim countries including Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen. Aside from preventing refugees and immigrants from entering the country, the EO will also suspend the processing of visas for individuals coming from these countries. In addition, applications for asylum seekers will also be placed on hold, Independent reported.

Aside from the visa ban, Trump is also expected to enact other polices related to his crackdown on illegal immigrants. This includes allowing children of undocumented aliens to also be deported and enforcing penalties on sanctuary cities that refuse to prosecute immigrants.

Trump’s proposal for the ban has already attracted criticisms from various groups. However, what these organizations fail to realize that enforcing strict laws on immigration has become a necessity due to the growing threat of terrorism in Muslim countries.

One of the individuals who is protesting against the ban is Alidoosti. The movie she stars in, “The Salesman,” has been nominated for best foreign language film at the upcoming Academy Awards.

In a recent tweet, the Iranian actress stated that Trump’s visa ban on Iranians and for those from Muslim countries is racist. Because of this, she noted that she will boycott the upcoming awards show, which will be held on February 26.

So far, Alidoosti is the only actress who express her intentions to boycott the Academy Awards due to Trump’s upcoming policy. The cast members of other foreign films that have been nominated might also join the boycott in the next few weeks.

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