(NEW YORK) — During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump proposed a total ban on the immigration of Muslims to the United States, a plan that sparked backlash along with claims of racism and xenophobia.
It’s one of the reasons why Sakeena Ahmed, a 10-year-old Muslim girl, wrote a letter to Trump, begging him to “be good.”
Ahmed’s mother, Aamina Ali Ahmed, told ABC News she encouraged her daughter to write to the president-elect after she questioned about his proposed policies.
“She was just like, ‘Why does Donald Trump not want to allow Muslims to come to this country? Why is he being so mean? Doesn’t he know who we are and we’re not bad people?'” Ali Ahmed recalled. “And I said, ‘You know what Sakeena? Why don’t you write him a letter.'”
In her handwritten letter, the fourth grader told Trump, “Imagine if everybody hated your religion.”
“You said you want to make America great again. Can you show me?!” Ahmed continued. “Don’t we all have the same plan? We all just want to live in peace…and not war!”
Ahmed ended her note by writing, “My only wish for you [is to] be good. And I hope this letter does make you good.”
Ali Ahmed, 39, said she’s shared the letter on social media, but hasn’t received a response from Trump yet.
Right now, she’s trying to ease the fears of her husband and four children after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the country’s 45th president.
In fact, Ali Ahmed said that she and her family decided against going to the movies after the election results came in.
“I told my husband, ‘We can’t live our lives in fear. We can’t live our lives looking over our backs. That’s just not living.'”
She did, however, suggest that she and her eldest daughter, who also wears a hijab, would instead wear hats.
Earlier this month, a statement to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. temporarily disappeared from Trump’s website, but was restored Thursday. On the campaign trail, Trump appeared to alter his stance, saying that the ban should apply to countries with connections to terrorism and not Muslims specifically.
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