Obama Returns To Blast Trump’s Immigration Ban — But Did He Do The Same Thing Just A Few Years Ago?

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We hope you enjoyed your vacation, Barack Obama, because we could reallyyyy use a sane-minded leader right about now.

On Monday, the former (ugh) President released a statement praising citizens for the nationwide protests in response to President Donald Trump‘s immigration ban.

In his first public statement since leaving office, Obama said he was “heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.”

The former POTUS also blasted Drumpf’s executive order, saying he “fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”

It’s crazy to think not all politicians feel the same way

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Ironically, Trump defended his ban in a Facebook post, saying it was “similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.”

But the two policies aren’t exactly comparable. Obama’s policy came after it was discovered in 2011 that two Iraqi refugees who were living in Kentucky had been involved in roadside bombing attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq.

The Kentucky case prompted the Obama administration to significantly delay in processing Iraqi refugees while U.S. immigration, security and intelligence agencies rescreened about 58,000 Iraqui refugees in the U.S. — and over 25,000 more who had been approved to enter.

In contrast to Obama’s actions — which targeted one country and involved no outright ban — Trump ordered a far wider ban (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen) without identifying a specific threat!

Also, Obama couldn’t have “banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months” because refugees don’t travel on visas!

Related: Even Piers Morgan Blasted Trump’s ‘Overly-Draconian’ Ban!

So, if Trump really continues to cover his tracks by comparing his ridiculous actions to his predecessors, he should probably check his receipts first.

Read Obama’s full statement via his spokesperson Kevin Lewis (below)!

“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 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ not just during an election but every day.

Citizens exercising their Constitutional rights 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.”

“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 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ not just during an election but every day.

Citizens exercising their Constitutional rights 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.”

Do YOU think Trump’s policy is similar to Obama’s?

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Jan 30, 2017 4:14pm PDT

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