Former President Barack Obama is back in the spotlight — and better than ever.
In a statement from Kevin Lewis, spokesman for former President Obama, he addresses President Donald Trump's refugee ban and says that he is "heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country." In his final speech as president, he spoke about the important role of citizens and how all Americans have a responsibility to be guardians of our democracy — not just during an election but every day.
Obama also said he "fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion." The statement also rejected the comparison Trump made between a 2011 temporary immigration order by Obama that that halted Iraqis coming to the US and the broader ban by the Trump administration on citizens of seen Muslim-majority countries.
Trump's executive order, which was signed on Friday, temporarily suspends the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, indefinitely suspends resettlement to those from Syria, temporarily blocks entry to people from Islamic nations such as Libya, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and Somalia, and cancels the Visa Interview Waiver Program. These orders, being referred to as the Muslim Ban, have resulted in protests and uprisings internationally.
This has been the former president's first statement since he's left the White House — and boy, do we miss him so.