Julia Louis-Dreyfus Paid Tribute to Her Immigrant Father at the SAG Awards

William Louis-Dreyfus, who died last year, fled to the USA from Nazi-occupied France.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus paid tribute to her late father at the Screen Actors Guild Awards tonight, in a speech that denounced Donald Trump's Muslim ban.

"I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant," Louis-Dreyfus said, as she accepted her SAG Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for Veep. "My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and I am an American patriot, and I love this country, and because I love this country I am horrified by its blemishes. This immigrant ban is a blemish, and it is un-American."

William Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away last year at the age of 84, moved to the USA with his mother in 1940.

Louis-Dreyfus went on to read a statement from the Guild which emphasized the importance of storytelling by creators from diverse backgrounds and nationalities. "We are grateful for them, we stand with them, and we will fight for them," the statement concluded.

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