Former Pres. Barack Obama “fundamentally disagrees” with Pres. Trump’s immigration executive order

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President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump’s executive order curbing immigration in a statement on Monday, January 30th, backing protesters who have taken to the nation’s airports to express their displeasure with Trump’s action on Friday.

“The President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion,” said Kevin Lewis, spokesman for the former president, in a statement.

This is first time Obama, who ceded power to President Trump 10 days ago, has criticized the current president, breaking with an unwritten rule that former presidents refrain from criticizing the current White House occupant.

It is also the former president’s first statement since leaving the White House.

The statement also rejected the comparison between a 2011 temporary immigration order by Obama that halted Iraqis coming to the US and the broader ban by the President Trump administration on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

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  • Huh !

    It’s nearly impossible not to get so emotional, but stop and think……..The current immigration policy was seriously flawed ! The policies have been altered through the years to adjust to the times ………Is it impossible to believe that this is exactly what we as Americans need to look at our Original Constitution/ Bill of Rights and create policy that strips away the years/decades/centuries of band-aids ! Take the knowledge gained from past and present events to create a new policy, built on our founding fathers dream of a strong, safe America and still be welcoming to new citizens who want to help in that dream !

    • Rita

      McCarran-Walter Act of 1952 and once again, TRUMP WAS RIGHT!

      IMPORTANT TO KNOW
      ANOTHER REAL EYE OPENER

      Wouldn’t it have been interesting if,
      at some point during the presidential campaign, if one of the candidates
      asked, “Oh, by the way, has anyone
      in Washington, D.C., ever heard of
      the McCarran-Walter Act Of 1952?”

      I did not know of this act until recently,
      but it has been a law for almost 65 years.

      Here are the historic facts that would
      seem to indicate that many, if not most,
      of the people we elect to work for us in Washington do not have the slightest
      idea of what laws already exist in OUR country.

      After several terrorist incidents were carried out in the United States, Donald Trump was severely criticized for suggesting that the U.S. should limit or temporarily suspend the immigration of certain ethnic groups, nationalities and even people of certain religions
      (Muslims).

      The criticisms condemned such a suggestion as, among other things,
      being un-American, dumb, stupid, reckless, dangerous and racist.

      Congressmen and senators swore
      that they would never allow such legislation, and our president called
      such a prohibition on immigration unconstitutional.

      As Gomer Pyle would say, “Well,
      surprise, surprise!”

      It seems that the selective immigration
      ban is already law and has been
      applied on several occasions.

      Known as the McCarran-Walter Act,
      the Immigration and Nationality Act
      of 1952 allows for the “suspension of
      entry or imposition of restrictions by
      the president, whenever the president finds that the entry of aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests
      of the United States.”

      “The president may, by proclamation
      and for such a period as he shall
      deem necessary, suspend the entry
      of all aliens or any class of aliens, immigrants or non- immigrants, or
      impose any restrictions on the entry
      of aliens he may deem to be appropriate.”

      Who was president when this was passed? Democrat Harry Truman.

      Who do you suppose last used this process? Democrat Jimmy Carter,
      no less than 37 years ago, in 1979 to
      keep Iranians out of the United States.

      But Carter actually did more. He made
      ALL Iranian students, already in the
      United States, check in with the government. And then he deported a bunch of them.

      Seven thousand were found in violation
      of their visas and a total of 15,000
      Iranians were forced to leave the USA
      in 1979.

      So, what do you say about all of the criticism that Donald Trump received
      from the Democratic senators, representatives and the Obama Administration?

      Additionally, it is important to note that
      the McCarran-Walter Act also requires that an “applicant for immigration must
      be of good moral character and in agreement with the principles of our Constitution.”

      Therefore, one could surmise that since the Quran forbids Muslims to swear allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, technically, ALL Muslims should or
      could be refused immigration to OUR country.

      AND THANK GOD “HE HAS” INVOKED IT!!

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