Jhumpa Lahiri, an Indian-American writer has written to the US President Donald Trump opposing his controversial travel ban and asked him to “rescind” last month’s executive order.
The letter explains the negative impact of the original Executive Order was felt afterwards immediately, creating uncertainty and stress among for artists of global renown.
Around 70 eminent American artists and writers have written in solidarity to Trump. They called on the president to "rescind" his executive order of January 27, 2017, and refrain from introducing any alternative measure that similarly impairs freedom of movement. The executive order also hindered the free flow of thinkers and artists in doing global exchange of arts and ideas.
Under the banner of PEN America, these top writers and artists said the restriction is inconsistent with the values of the US and the freedoms for which it stands.
Some of the notable signatories include Rita Dove, Khaled Hosseini, Margaret Atwood, Chimamanda Adichie, George Packer, Jonathan Franzen and Azar Nafisi.