Angelina Jolie pens fierce New York Times op-ed slamming Donald Trump's immigration ban

Angelina Jolie penned a fierce op-ed in the New York Times published on Thursday that addressed Donald Trump's so-called immigration ban.

The outspoken actress, who is also a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commission, is well-known for her advocacy of various issues, including the rights of refugees around the world. Her newly-published article, titled "Angelina Jolie: Policy Should Be Based on Facts, Not Fear," builds upon that work.

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"I'm proud of our country's history of giving shelter to the most vulnerable people," she wrote. "Americans have shed blood to defend the idea that human rights transcend culture, geography, ethnicity and religion. The decision to suspend the resettlement of refugees to the United States and deny entry to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries has been met with shock by our friends around the world precisely because of this record."

Jolie admitted that it is "justifiable" to want to protect the United States from potential terrorism, but noted that "our response must be measured and should be based on facts, not fear."

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American actor Angelina Jolie attends an event wearijg a strapless black gown, New York City, circa 1998. (Photo by Victor Malafronte/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Actress Angelina Jolie kisses her Oscar at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles 26 March 2000. Jolie won for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'Girl Interupted'. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/SCOTT NELSON (Photo credit should read Scott Nelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Cast member Angelina Jolie and husband Billy Bob Thornton before the 'Original Sin' premiere held at DGA Theater in Los Angeles, CA., Tues., July 31, 2001. (photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie arrives for the premiere of the film 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' at Mann Village Theatre in Los Angeles, CA., Monday, June 11, 2001. (photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, UNITED STATES: US actor Billy Bob Thornton (R) and his wife, actress Angelina Jolie, arrive at the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills 20 January 2002. Thornton is nominated for Best Actor-Motion Picture Drama for his role in 'Monster's Ball.' AFP PHOTO/Lucy Nicholson (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JUNE 20: Actress Angelina Jolie, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), participates in a World Refugee Day ceremony June 20, 2003 in Washington, DC. World Refugee Day celebrates the lives of the eight million refugee youths who live around the world. (Photo by Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 29: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the 76th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 16: Actress Angelina Jolie arrives for the world premiere of her film 'Taking Lives' March 16, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - MARCH 16: Actress Angelina Jolie appears on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios on March 16, 2004 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Angelina Jolie and her son Maddox attend the World Premiere of 'Shark Tale' in San Marco Square, as part of the 61st Venice Film Festival on September 10, 2004 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the premiere of 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' at the Mann Village Theater on June 7, 2005 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
JABEL SHAROON, PAKISTAN - NOVEMBER 26: In this handout photo supplied by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie listens as a local woman in this village 6,000 feet above sea level in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, tells a UNHCR worker about her preparations for the coming winter, which includes salvaging materials from the remains of houses after the earthquake, November 26, 2005 in Jabel Sharoon, Pakistan. (Photo by J Redden/UNHCR via Getty Images)
Hollywood movie stars Brad Pitt (C) and his partner Angelina Jolie ride on a motorcycle on a busy street in downtown Ho Chi Minh city, 23 November 2006. Jolie, the partner of fellow screen idol Brad Pitt, was expected to adopt a three-year-old Vietnamese boy 15 March 2007, according to the head of the Tam Binh orphanage, from where the child is. AFP PHOTO/FILES (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 05: Actress Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt arrive to the Warner Bros. premiere of the film 'Ocean's 13' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 5, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Producer Brian Grazer, actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrives for the 'Changeling' Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2008 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres is seated to the left of actress/activist Angelina Jolie as she speaks at a United Nations Security Council Meeting on the situation in the Middle East and Syria at the United Nations on April 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: Actress Angelina Jolie hugs Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt (L) and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt (R) after winning award for Favorite Villain in 'Maleficent' during Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The mother of six, who is currently embroiled in an ongoing divorce from her ex Brad Pitt, also alluded to her children, three of whom are adopted, in the piece.

"As the mother of six children, who were all born in foreign lands and are proud American citizens, I very much want our country to be safe for them, and all our nation's children," she continued. "But I also want to know that refugee children who qualify for asylum will always have a chance to plead their case to a compassionate America. And that we can manage our security without writing off citizens of entire countries -- even babies -- as unsafe to visit our country by virtue of geography or religion."

Jolie finished her New York Times op-ed by quoting the 40th president of the United States, the late Ronald Reagan: "'America is committed to the world because so much of the world is inside America,' in the words of Ronald Reagan" she wrote.

"If we divide people beyond our borders, we divide ourselves."

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Mila Kunis

During the Cold War, the actress and her family left Soviet Ukraine and came to the U.S. Mila was just seven years old at the time. After Trump signed his immigration ban, Ashton Kutcher, Mila's husband, took to Twitter to share that he's taking the ban personally. "My wife came to this country on a refugee visa in the middle of the Cold War," Kutcher tweeted. "My blood is boiling right now!"

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Albert Einstein

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein left Germany for the U.S. in 1933 to escape the Nazi party. Upon moving to the U.S., Einstein famously said, "I shall live in a land where political freedom, tolerance, and equality of all citizens reign.”

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Rita Ora

The pop singer and her family fled Kosovo for the U.K. when Rita was just one year old.

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Alek Wek

Top model Alek Wek is a former refugee from Sudan. Civil war broke out in the African country when Wek was just nine years old, and her family left their village and traveled through the bush to get to the country's capital, according to UNHRC. "Our parents tried to shield us from the conflict but the sounds of gunfire and the vibrations of explosions filled us with dread," Wek told the UNHRC. "Dead bodies filled the landscape." When the family finally reached the capital, Wek's mother was able to send Alek and her sister to London.

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Freddie Mercury

The Queen frontman was born on the African island of Zanzibar, and he grew up splitting his time between Zanzibar and India. A revolution broke out on the island when the family was living there in 1964, and Mercury's family moved to London when the future rockstar was still a teen.

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Supermodel Iman and her family fled Somalia in 1972 after a dangerous coup. The family moved to Kenya, where the young beauty was discovered and began her now-famous career path.

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Gloria Estefan

The Latin pop star was born in Havana, Cuba, but left the country with her family after Fidel Castro's Communist revolution in 1959. She was two years old when she left.

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Henry Kissinger

The former U.S. Secretary of State grew up in Germany, and his family fled the country for the U.S. in 1938 during the Holocaust. Kissinger was 15 years old at the time.

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Marlene Dietrich

The classic Hollywood star began her career in Germany in the 1920s. She left the country in 1930 for Hollywood as the Nazis gained power. She became an American citizen and performed for Allied troops during World War II. Later in her life, she famously said, "America took me into her bosom when I no longer had a native country worthy of the name."

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Madeleine Albright

The first female U.S. Secretary of State and her family left their native Czechoslovakia twice—once to flee the Nazis during World War II, and again in 1948 during the Communist takeover. Albright spoke out against Trump's immigration ban on Facebook, writing, "As a refugee myself who fled the communist takeover of Czechoslovakia, I personally benefited from this country’s generosity and its tradition of openness. This order would end that tradition, and discriminate against those fleeing a brutal civil war in Syria."

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Singer M.I.A. grew up in Sri Lanka until the age of nine, when her family fled to London to escape an ethnic civil war.

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Sigmund Freud

The famous psychoanalyst left Austria for London with his wife after the Nazi invasion.

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Regina Spektor

The "Fidelity" singer was born in Moscow, but her family fled the Soviet Union for New York when she was nine years old in order to escape religious persecution.

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer

The well-known sex therapist, who goes by Dr. Ruth, left Nazi Germany as a child and grew up a refugee in a Swiss orphanage.

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