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Widow Of Pat Tilman Speaks Out Against Immigration Ban

| by Robert Fowler

Marie Tillman, widow of slain U.S. Army Ranger and NFL football star Pat Tillman, has spoken out against President Donald Trump's executive order banning Syrian refugees from admittance and placing a temporary block on citizens of several Muslim-majority nations entering the U.S.

On Jan. 27, Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from resettling in the U.S. for up to 120 days, and blocking Syrian refugees indefinitely. The order also prohibits citizens from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen from entering the U.S., The Atlantic reports.

"I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America," Trump said while swearing in Secretary of Defense James Mattis, according to The Huffington Post. "We don't want them here. We don't want to admit into our country the very threats we are fighting overseas."

Trump had added that his administration would like to prioritize relocating Christian refugees from Syria, prompting accusations that his executive order amounts to a Muslim ban.

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On Jan. 28, Marie Tillman took to her Facebook account to assert that her husband, who was killed by friendly fire in 2004 while fighting in Afghanistan, would have been against the ban.

"In 2002 my husband enlisted in the U.S. Army, he stood up to serve because he believed in the principles on which our country was founded and, recognizing it wasn't perfect, was passionate about what it could be," Tillman wrote.

"Today I am deeply saddened by the news of the executive order banning immigration," Tillman continued. "This is not the country he dreamed of, not what he served for and not what he died for."

Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Pat Tillman left a lucrative contract playing for the Arizona Cardinals to join the U.S. military. He was killed in action in 2004, and his widow established the Pat Tillman Foundation to provide college scholarships for U.S. military veterans, according to USA Today.

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"Since his death I have embarked on the most meaningful work of my life, supporting men and women who, like Pat, fight for what this country can be," Marie Tillman added. "As I read posts from the community of [Tillman] Scholars on my Facebook feed I am encouraged; they are exactly as I knew they would be, poised and ready to fight."

Sources: The Atlantic, The Huffington PostMarie Tillman/Facebook, USA Today / Photo Credit: Cherno77/Wikimedia Commons

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