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U.S. military members comfort Muslim girl afraid she'll be deported

U.S. military members have a message for a Muslim child terrified she'll be deported: "I will protect you."

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Melissa Chance Yassini, founder of the Dallas, Texas-based Unity Movement, shared her daughter Sofia's fears on a public social media post:

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"Sad day in America when I have to comfort my 8-year-old child who heard that someone with yellow hair named Trump wanted to kick all Muslims out of America. She had began collecting all her favorite things in a bag in case the Army came to remove us from our homes. She checked the locks on the door 3-4 times. This is terrorism. No child in America deserves to feel that way."

U.S. Army veteran Kerri Peek responded to the post and launched a heartwarming movement. "Salamalakum Melissa!" Peek commented with a photo of herself in uniform. "Please show this picture of me to your daughter. Tell her I am a Mama too and as a soldier I will protect her from the bad guys."

Talk show host Montel Williams shared Yassini's post on his officially verified Facebook page and responded with a message of support:


And #Iwillprotectyou went viral:





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