It first looked like former President Obama would stay silent out of respect for the new President, but it looks like he just couldn’t make it longer than 10 days!
The former President’s office released a message of support to protestors actively disagreeing with the executive order over immigrants. Kevin Lewis, spokesman for Obama said the following:
“Kevin Lewis, Obama’s spokesman, stated, “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 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.”
While the majority of America is in favor with the decision to ban refugees for a short while, almost half of America is against the idea. Still, the issue is slightly hypocritical. In regards to banning people, Obama himself did it in 2011 when two Iraqis were charged for terrorism.
Lewis, of course, ignored the questions regarding this. His response was almost hysterical:
“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.”
Much to our surprise, Obama also targeted the same countries that Trump is currently blocking. Those 7 counties were all specified by a statement from the Department of Homeland Security in February 2016:
“The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries . . . Last month, the United States began implementing changes under the Act. The three additional countries designated today join Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria as countries subject to restrictions for Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals.”
Trump doesn’t want to never allow anyone in, but for the safety of our country, he’s making some hard decisions. Obama, however, would strongly disagree. In fact, his statement not too long ago gives us a clear perspective of where he’s coming from:
“As an American citizen who cares deeply about our country, if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal or battle, but go to core questions about our values and our ideals, and if I think that it’s necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, then I’ll examine it when it comes.”
We know it’s just about 50/50 when it comes to people supporting this motion but it does swing in favor of those for the ban. What do you think about the whole thing? Do you agree with banning these refugees?