Lakers’ Luol Deng, a Refugee, Shares Emotional Perspective on Donald Trump’s Travel Ban

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Before he was selected to play in the 2003 McDonald's High School All-America game, or played at Duke, or made consecutive NBA All-Star Games in 2012 and 2013, Luol Deng fled a civil war as a child, leaving what is now South Sudan.

He traveled to Egypt then to Great Britain as a refugee after being granted political asylum.

On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers forward shared his powerful perspective on the much-protested executive order of President Donald Trump that indefinitely bans refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Deng wrote:

I am a #ProudRefugee. I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for the opportunity to find refuge in a safe harbor. For the people of South Sudan, refugee resettlement has saved countless lives, just as it has for families all over the world escaping the depths of despair.

It’s important that we remember to humanize the experience of others. Refugees overcome immeasurable odds, relocate across the globe, and work hard to make the best of their newfound home. Refugees are productive members of society that want for their family just as you want for yours. I stand by all refugees and migrants, of all religions, just as I stand by the policies that have historically welcomed them.

Soon after, Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul retweeted the message, adding his own.

Deng earned citizenship in Great Britain in 2006, holding dual citizenship with South Sudan. The neighboring nation of Sudan is among the countries included in the travel ban, in addition to Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.