Like many of her Hollywood peers, including George Clooney, Johnny Depp, and Jennifer Lawrence, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie is not pleased with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Speaking Monday as a special envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees at a BBC event for World on the Move in London, the Oscar-winning 40-year-old addressed the migration crisis facing Syrian refugees — 10,000 of which President Barack Obama pledged to take into the U.S. — as they flee their war-ravaged homeland.
When asked about Trump’s insistence on banning all Muslims, including Syrian refugees, from entering the U.S., CNN reports Jolie voiced her concerns.
“To me, America is built on people from around the world coming together for freedoms, especially freedom of religion. So it’s hard to hear this is coming from someone who is pressing to be an American president,” Jolie said before cautioning the world not to fear migration, stressing that humanity is in the midst of a “once-in-a-generation moment when nations have to pull together.”
The Daily Beast reports Jolie spoke for 17 minutes at the event, further discussing the buckling refugee aid system as a result of global underfunding. “Over 60 million people are displaced today — more than any time in the last 70 years. That is one in every 122 people,” she said. “This tells us something deeply worrying about the peace and security of our world. It says that for all other advances this type of human insecurity is growing faster than our ability to prevent or reverse it.”
Jolie is no stranger to global philanthropy. In addition to her competitive Oscar, won for her role in Girl, Interrupted, she was presented with the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2013 for her work with the UNHCR, which includes over 40 field missions in the name of aiding refugees. She has worked with the UNHCR since 2001, eventually becoming a Goodwill Ambassador after observing various humanitarian crises as she filmed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia. “In my early 20s I was fighting with myself,” Jolie told Forbes in 2006. “Now I take that punk in me to Washington, and I fight for something important.”