International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney issued a warning to President-Elect Donald Trump regarding his immigration proposals, likening his campaign comments to “violations of international human rights law.”
Clooney voiced her concerns about America’s reputation under Trump while speaking at the Texas Conference For Women in Austin on Tuesday. Referencing Trump’s campaign claims, “That there should be a religious test imposed on entering the U.S. or the fact that there should be state-sponsored torture or that families of suspected terrorists should all be killed,” Clooney noted, “all of those things are violations of international human rights law and the values that underlie that.”
For Clooney, America’s reputation as a country with a high human rights record is at stake under a Trump presidency.
“I think there’s some concern from abroad as to, ‘Are these things actually going to happen?’ or is the U.S. going to lose some of the moral standing that it has internationally,” she stated, according to Mail Online.
Clooney and husband George Clooney are staunch Hillary Clinton supporters and have each spoken out against Trump in the past.
“When you listen to what the leading candidate on the Republican side has been saying about building walls, about excluding Mexicans and a complete shutdown of all Muslims entering in, and if you actually look at what he specifically said in that now-infamous speech about Muslims, he kept saying, ‘They only want jihad. They don’t believe in our way of life. They don’t respect our system,”’ she told the BBC earlier this year.
“And when he says ‘they’ and you watch the media coverage afterwards, people, I think, should have been saying, ‘Do you mean the 1.5 billion people around the world who fit that description? Do you mean the people who are U.S. citizens who are members of your military who are, the vast majority of whom are not violent or extremists in any way?'” she said.
However, Clooney does remain hopeful when it comes to Trump’s pledge to make fighting ISIS a priority, believing that through his stance, “there can be progress.”
“We have to hope for the best. Obviously, everyone has to respect the outcome of the democratic process here, and we have to hope for the best,” she concludes.