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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg condemns ‘harsher immigration climate’ following Trump travel ban

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg condemns ‘harsher immigration climate’ of Trump travel ban

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg has become the latest Silicon Valley exec to come out fighting against a travel ban imposed by president Trump on seven Muslim nations, decrying the order for striking at ‘the heart and values’ of America.

Outlining her views in a Facebook post Sandberg adopted an uncompromising stance against the measure, in contrast with her boss Mark Zuckerberg who gave more muted criticism, warning that the order had particular ramifications for women.

Sandberg wrote: “The Executive Orders issued over the past week defy the heart and values that define the best of our nation. Families have been separated. Frightened children have been detained in airports without their parents. People seeking refuge have been turned away and sent back to the danger they just managed to flee. This is not how it should be in America.

“Something that hasn’t gotten enough attention is how this harsher immigration climate is particularly unforgiving for women. Anything that pulls families apart and traumatises kids has a huge impact on women and their children.”

A vocal proponent of women’s rights Sandberg has been highly critical of Trump’s anti-abortion policies and warns that the latest immigration move is at risk of exposing female migrants to ‘violence and abuse’.

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