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‘Not what he died for’: Pat Tillman’s widow dismayed by Trump’s travel ban

Marie Tillman is shown at the 2016 ESPY Awards. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press)
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Donald Trump’s executive order barring travel from seven majority Muslim countries has spawned numerous protests across the country. Add Pat Tillman’s widow to the prominent individual voices also speaking out against it.

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Marie Tillman took to Facebook recently, writing that she was “deeply saddened by the news of the executive order banning immigration.” In addition, she claimed that her former husband, who left the NFL to enlist as a U.S. Army Ranger in the wake of 9/11, only to be killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, would also strongly object.

“This is not the country he dreamed of, not what he served for and not what he died for,” Marie Tillman wrote.

After finishing the 2001 season with the Arizona Cardinals, Pat Tillman turned down a three-year, $3.6 million contract to join the military. Since his death, the team retired his jersey and inducted him into its ring of honor.

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Marie Tillman, who met her future husband while they attended the same San Jose-area high school and has since remarried, is the president and co-founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation. The organization “invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships,” and she lauded Tillman Scholars as being “poised and ready” to “fight for what this country can be.”

On Friday, Trump ordered that citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen be barred from entering the United States for at least 90 days, and that all refugees be barred for four months. The president said in a statement, “This is not a Muslim ban,” and his chief of staff clarified Sunday that the ban would not apply to green-card holders from those countries, but the new policy has spawned a widespread outcry.