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President Donald Trump’s decision to execute an executive order has angered thousands of Americans, and created an important conversation to have in this nation.
In case you missed it, this weekend the order banned Syrian refugees, and citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from coming into the country. Many were detained at the airport, including those with green cards and visas.
This action has prompted many protests around the country, including in some of the major airports.
Former President Barack Obama is currently enjoying his time on vacation at the British Virgin Islands. Obama has been out the White House for just over a week, but many are already asking for his help in matters.
After an anxious week, he finally released a statement about Trump’s actions and the protests of this weekend. The Trump administration has been using a similar action then President Barack Obama used in 2011 as an example of this latest action.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on ABC on Sunday, “the Obama administration put these first and foremost.”
Obama had placed some restrictions through his Visa Waiver Program to “countries of concern” where he added Libya, Yemen, and Somalia for extra vetting.
Trump on Friday signed an executive order that calls for a 90-day ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the United States. The countries included are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Somalia.
“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spole about the important role of citizen and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy — not just during an election but every day.
Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize, and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.
With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”
Obama statement on Trump’s immigration executive order. pic.twitter.com/ETaehvRMXT
— Anthony De Rosa (@Anthony) January 30, 2017