Monday, a spokesman for Former President Barrack Obama weighed in on the executive order signed by President Trump that banned travelers from 7 countries who are heavily Muslim. Since the order was issued, protests across the country have been occurring at international airports as refugees, green card holders, students, doctors and many more were turned back to their home country or detained by immigration. The protests have brought thousands of advocates for refugee rights who are calling the ban a ban on Muslims which is unconstitutional as it is bias based on religion.
Kevin Lewis issued the statement on behalf of Obama and stated that, “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.”
The statement also stated that, “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.”
This is the first time the ex-President has publically disagreed with the new President and it is very unusual for an ex-President to criticize to the new incoming administration yet, President Trump put Obama right in the middle by stating the Obama administration had also banned the travels of people from Iraq in 2011. By equating Trump’s executive order with work done by the Obama administration, brought the attention from the former president.
In 2011, President Obama delayed issuing Visas from Iraq after the FBI acting on the arrest of two terrorists in Kentucky that more terrorists could be coming to the U.S from Iraq. President Obama, along with U.S. immigration, security and intelligence agencies used the federal databases to rescreen about 58,000 Iraqi refugees in the U.S. and more than 25,000 Iraqis who had been approved to enter the U.S., but had not yet been admitted. There was not a ban per say but a new increased vetting process created but also an overhaul of the refugee screening process.
President Obama was warned of a particular possible terrorist attack and acted accordingly. President Trump signed an executive order for not one but for seven countries and bars Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. indefinitely and bars all other refugees for 120 days. The order also keeps out visitors for 90 days from seven predominately Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
Comparing the executive order of the current President Trump and former President Obama is not logical as the two are completely different. Yet, according to President Trump, the fallout from his executive order, was created by the media. The media did not report the order was a Muslim ban, citizens did. Not only the general public called it a Muslim ban, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, stated on Fox News, that yes it was a Muslim ban. Giuliani stated that President Trump asked him to find a legal way to ban the Muslims from coming into the U.S. Giuliani stated Trump told him to find a way, and to “show me the right way to do it legally.”
Agnes Bedard calls herself a daughter of the 60's. She stills believe that one voice can lead us out of darkness, that one person can start a change, and that one act of kindness can change one person's world. Politics is how the world works to change and that is why she is so passionate about it. As Agnes said we need to fight for our f.uture. Agnes Bedard is also the author of "Before I was Me" Bedard is also a wife, mother and grandmother