Barack Obama has broken his silence. The immediate past president released a statement in response to the executive order Donald Trump signed on Friday, January 26th colloquially being referred to as the Muslim Ban.
The executive order banned entry of refugees for 120 days and indefinitely banned entry of Syrian refugees. It also banned entry into the United States for seven Muslim majority nations.
Since the 26th Federal Judge Ann M. Donnelly and Federal Judge Leonie Brinkema have ruled against it. Donnelly’s ruling said that individuals who’d already arrived or were in transit to the United States with valid visas or refugee status would not be deported. Brinkema’s ruling said that permanent legal residents detained at Dulles International Airport shall have access to lawyers and that U.S. immigration agencies are forbidden from removing them for seven days from the order’s issuance. And now Barack Obama has spoken out.
One of Obama’s spokesperson Kevin Lewis tweeted out Obama’s response. Read Obama’s approved statement below:
President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizens 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.
Folks, it’s only been 10 days.