Defense Department honors refugee on Twitter as Trump prepares to restrict refugees

Screenshot via @DeptofDefense

The Defense Department’s Twitter account featured the story of a refugee from Iraq just one day after a report came out saying President Trump plans to take executive action to limit refugee immigration to the U.S.

“From refugee to #Marine. @USMC Cpl Ali J. Mohammed takes the fight to the doorstep of those who cast his family out,” reads the tweet.

The Defense Department’s tweet also includes a link to the U.S. Marine Corps’s website and a profile of Cpl. Ali J. Mohammed. It describes how he and his family fled Baghdad after receiving “numerous threats from extremists for their role in supporting the U.S.”

{mosads}“I had to face a lot of challenges coming to America,” Mohammed says in the Marines’s profile. “Trying to learn English and working to help support my family while going to high school was difficult.”

Trump’s executive order on Wednesday will reportedly include putting the U.S. refugee program on hold for months, until officials put a more aggressive vetting process in place.

The order will also reportedly temporarily ban U.S. visas issued to people from Muslim-majority countries, including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.


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