After nine days of silence, former President Barack Obama is speaking out against President Trump and his xenophobic executive order banning Syrian refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. He also had words of encouragement for those protesting this new administration.

According to Politico, in a statement issued on Monday, Obama’s spokesman Kevin Lewis said the former president was  “heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country” because he believes they’re “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.” 

Lewis also addressed recent comments that the Trump White House made saying that their ban is no different from what President Obama did in 2011, when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.

But according to the fact checkers, that comparison is pretty faulty. As NBC News pointed out, Obama’s 2011 order did not ban visas for refugees, who by definition don’t travel on visas. He did tighten the review process for Iraq citizens and for refugees from the six other countries, while Trump’s order is as sweeping ban that applies to nearly every resident and citizen of seven countries, minus the Muslim countries he has done or currently has businesses in.

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, Lewis added.

He was referencing comments Obama made in 2015 after the Paris terrorist attacks when Republicans expressed that they only wanted to let Christian Syrian refugees enter the country, leaving Muslims behind. Obama said back then that these proposed policies were “shameful,” the Huffington Post noted.

“That’s not American. That’s not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion,” he said. “I think it is very important for us right now — particularly those who are in leadership, particularly those who have a platform and can be heard — not to fall into that trap, not to feed that dark impulse inside of us.”

The former president’s recent statements may come as a slight surprise given that before leaving office he vowed to uphold the tradition of not criticizing the incoming leadership. But on the other hand, he did promise to speak out when he saw core values being threatened under Trump, Politico explained.

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23 thoughts on “Former President Obama Weighs In On Immigration Ban

  1. specialt757 on said:

    I once thought people were crazy when they said they would never vote in this country again. Especially because so many folks died or suffered grave bodily injury just to have the right to vote. I thought it was my civic duty to vote in all presidential elections. But I have had a change of heart. Going forward I can’t be bothered to vote in another US PRESIDENTIAL election, after-all, its really not the American voters who decide the winner, it is the electoral college, so hell why bother?
    I will however, vote for the mid-year elections because those idiots are the ones who make the legislations that affect us all. Those idiots that are in the senate and the house really need to go, they are as worthless as a single bobby pin holding up a head full of Yaki 1B hairweave worn by Sha Nae Nae.

  2. Abu Muwahid Saadiq Ibn Lawton on said:

    I think we should stop focusing attention and rant on the POTUS former and current. The president holds little power compared to the house and the senate. Why is it that people still think the president can do anything alone. They are kinda forced in to making all these promises during their campaigns. Then criticized for not being able to follow through. The mass majority of Americans have no clue to the chain of command of government. This whole situation sickens me.

    • Excuse me, but the last time I check this new prez is making all kinds of executive orders and following through on all of his promises. Are u watching the news? That’s why there is so much protesting and and anger in this country. This man is going whole hog on getting his agenda through and the republithug leaders are falling all over themselves to help him. Not to mention the ppl he’s putting in his cabinet. Billionaire rascit and white nationalist. After this last election, I’m done voting also for prez. It’s pointless

  3. Yo Obama you have anything to say regarding the worst mass shooting in US history taking place on your watch and buy a Muslim extremist? How about the ONLY 7 out of 40 predominantly Muslim countries Trump imposed the ban on were already on YOUR terror watch list

    • specialt757 on said:

      Did you say this to G Bush concerning 9-11? What policies did he put in place? The Patriot Act? How is that working? Where were the redumblicans for the last 8 years? Oh yeah that’s right, they were having secret meetings about not letting Prez O’ pass any real legislation. Go sit down with your jealous behind. Yes, you are jealous of our first black POTUS.

      • Yes Patriot act, Office of homeland security, NSA phone Taps ALL of which Dumbocrats
        Like Nancy Polosi and Dingee Harry Reid opposed and yes it did keep us safe as I stated earlier The worst mass shooting happened under Obama, why would I be jealous
        Obama is HISTORY (and so is Hillary) there’s a new man at the helm and Dem’s can’t stand it

      • specialt757 on said:

        Jose’ you are 100% jealous of Prez O’, you can’t seem to post one comment without mentioning him or Hillary even when the topic is in no way related. Concentrate on what’s going on now and explain why almost an entire country is in an uproar about the 20 or so EOs he presented in only his 1st 11 days in office. You can’t possible think his actions are great or even good for our country as a whole.

  4. TWILA BROWN on said:

    So until whites realize and accept they are the true immigrants and this America is not theirs. We will continue to be the brunt of policy but when we as the original people take back what’s rightfully ours… then and only then can policy reflect justice 4 all!!! Can somebody say Ireland or England?

    • Your argument is Bullsh!t every country on this planet is made up of immigrant Descendants even native Americans (Indians) came here from somewhere else, an immigrant is someone who is born elsewhere in immigrates to another place 90+ % of whites, blacks Asians were born here thus not immigrants

  5. Tony Markson on said:

    A man holds th most powerful office on earth for 8 years and does very little to improve the lives of black people (no not even in Chicago where they are slaughtering themselves), Cops kill black men while he is POTUS and not even one federal prosecution and under him we had the highest rate of deportation of black people ever. Now, is such a man entitled to raise his voice on any national issue after 8 years of catastrophic failure? Are we better off as a Community after 8 years of Obama? Be true to yourself and answer these questions. Michelle? She just ghettorized the office of first Lady and reinforced bad sterotypes about black woman – vain, a disciple of “Beyonce is a role model for kids” and lacking in emotional control, How I wish we had Condolessa or Susan of Oprah, that would have helped.

  6. FallMornings on said:

    Yes, we should protect our borders. There was a time when immigrants from Europe who came to our shores they had to check-in at Ellis Island. There they had Health Check-ups. That, in combination with ID checks, would help. Of course, nothing is foolproof and many would still get in illegally.

    • specialt757 on said:

      You know FM I really think you mean well in some of your posts and I happen to agree, we do have to protect our borders. If the redumblicans would have worked with instead of against Prez O’ we would not be in this mess today. But as you know they didn’t even want to pass one thing he initiated. Even when he asked them to come up with a plan or better plan, they refused. And why was that? Because he was a BLACK man.

      I think we all want to feel safe in our own country, so yes there are better ways to police and control illegals from entering our country, but it should be well thought out and not just hap-hazardly presented and signed into law. The redumblicans had 8 years to come up with a better solution, just didn’t have the right colored man in office. What an ugly and embarrassing display of racism they conveyed to our first black POTUS. They should really be ashamed of their intentional backwards actions.

  7. In 2007 and 2008 Liar in Chief Obama campaigned on making immigration reform his top priority. Unless you accept open borders allowing illegal aliens to flood into the country taking jobs from black Americans, then he did nothing.

    • I don’t care how many other languages she speak. She can’t speak -a no eng- u-lish . She’s waiting to see what Michele Obama says so she can repeat it verbatim.

      • She can repeat Michele’s words in one of her 7 languages. Is your prez going to keep wifey out of the country? She’s an immigrant. They only want whites here. We want America blk and brown again, not whites only again.

    • Obama couldn’t get immigration or much else done, bc of all the obstruction he dealt with the rascit, McConnell and the fake tea party clowns stopping everything he tried to accomplish. Now they are chopping at the bit to help the racsit in Cheif, no matter what. Big dummy!

    • @chris
      You are so jealous of our first black POTUS, you aren’t half the man he is and hoodrat I mean hood techie is a simple-minded pea-brain who only wishes he was a fine as Prez Obama. That’s why ALL his rants on here are about what Obama did or didn’t do, always ignoring the obvious–those redumblicans were racist assholes who couldn’t stand to see a black man do what they couldn’t do all their white lives, make intelligent decisions about our country. So what do they do, block every and anything he tried to do.
      Don’t act as if the orange hitler is the great white hope, he’s more like the GREAT WHITE DUMMY who doesn’t not his own asshole from a hole in the wall. The redumblicans couldn’t wait to push papers in front of this first class idiot to get the policies they want signed whether they are good for the country or not. Damn our country is a mess, first 10 days in office and we’ve already had goo-gobs of protest including the one on his inauguration day. That should tell you something, he’s not liked or wanted by most Americans

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