Angelina Jolie has written an open essay for the New York Times in direct response to president Trump's new immigration ban. The actress and humanitarian, who's already recognised for her advocacy on human rights issues and as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commission, has titled the essay: "Refugee policy should be based on facts, not fear."

Jolie writes: "I'm proud of our country's history of giving shelter to the most vulnerable people. Americans have shed blood to defend the idea that human rights transcend culture, geography, ethnicity and religion." 

Jolie mentions her children, whom six of them were born in overseas countries. "As the mother of six children, who were all born in foreign lands and are proud American citizens, I very much want our country to be safe for them, and all our nation's children."

"But I also want to know that refugee children who qualify for asylum will always have a chance to plead their case to a compassionate America," she explains. "And that we can manage our security without writing off citizens of entire countries - even babies - as unsafe to visit our country by virtue of geography or religion."

"Every government must balance the needs of its citizens with its international responsibilities", she continues. "But our response must be measured and should be based on facts, not fear."

Angelina Jolie pens open letter about Trump’s immigration ban