Obama breaks silence and encourages protests against TravelBan but in 2011 he banned visas for refugees from Iraq as “sources of terror”

Former President Barack Obama’s office released a statement Monday supporting the protests going on around the country, and speaking out against discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion, saying “American values are at stake.”

It is Obama’s first statement since leaving the White House. Here’s Barack Obama’s statement in full

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 guardians of our democracy – not just during an election, but every day.

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.

Did Obama really start ‘Muslim ban’ before Donald Trump

In 2011, Obama called a six-month hiatus on accepting refugees from Iraq.
And this included those who had helped US forces as interpreters and intelligence assets in 2013. The ban was prompted after two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists were found living as refugees in Kentucky.

And this was backed by a statement Trump made yesterday.
He said: ‘My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the executive order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.’