Take a seat, Trump. Listen to Lauren Jauregui and the rest of the people who make up this country — you just might learn something.
In an open letter, published by People, the Fifth Harmony singer slams President Donald Trump over his executive order, which suspends entry of refugees into the U.S. for 120 days, indefinitely bars Syrian refugees and blocks entry of nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. The measure went into effect immediately, causing over a dozen to be detained at airports across the country and sparking protests.
Jauregui was just one of hundreds who were angered by Trump's cruel order. The Cuban American star kicked off her letter by reminding everyone, including Trump, that we are all tied to immigrants.
"Raise your hand if you are an immigrant, or the sons and daughters of immigrant parents, or the grandchildren of immigrants, or the great-grandchildren, or great-great-grandchildren?" Jauregui wrote. "Wait…are everyone’s hands up — including yours, Mr. Trump — except for the Indigenous people of the Americas?! Because they should be."
The 20-year-old Miami-born beauty, who has been vocal about Black Lives Matter and took part in the Women's March on Washington, continued her scorching letter by noting that this country rides on the backs of immigrants, and defined the meaning of a refugee. "This country was built and continues to survive off the backs of immigrants and refugees. The term refugee in itself is such a significant word. These people are not terrorists: Many are escaping wars that we created in their lands. To tell another human being that the disastrous tortures of war are not important and to then go even a step further and insult their plight for freedom by labeling them 'terrorists' is just disrespectful to humanity.," Jauregui wrote.
"The only terrorism that both history and I have experienced has been at the hands of powerful White men who are willing to systematically kill and conquer without an ounce of empathy for anything but their pockets."
Jauregui also explained that it's importance for all of us to check our privilege, as we've been fortunate enough not to live in a daily war. "We have to realize how important this time is. My young people who understand and did not choose this for their future, the older generation who blindly chose to take this comfortable future we all envisioned away: We have never known war, we have never known the pain of discomfort, we have been privileged and promised into our moral oblivion."
She continued, "We’ve digressed from the true meaning of life. We have replaced the Creator with money and claim Him in the name of war. We have dishonored our children. We have murdered and systematically imprisoned and slaughtered and devalued and drugged up the majority. We have destroyed our Mother Earth. We have enslaved ourselves to the man, and we’re not even bothered by our consequences."
The "Work From Home" singer finishes by pleading that everyone come together against Trump's administration because we cannot "stand for another Nazi Germany or Stalin Russia or Mao Zedong China."
"The phrase history repeats itself is not a cliché for free," Jauregui stated.
We often feel that because something doesn't directly affect us, that it can never happen. As the 5H star noted, history can, and will, repeat itself — but we should do everything in our power to prevent it.
You can read Lauren Jauregui's full letter here.