Many Americans have protested the executive order to suspend the entry of refugees from several nations into the U.S. Among the many complaints is that the order seems to be targeting Muslims as the seven nations with a three month ban are all Muslim majority. White House press secretary Sean Spicer has vehemently denied that allegation, claiming that although all of the nations that are on the list are Muslim majority, there are other Muslim majority nations that are not on the list.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama also proposed a similar plan to that of Trump but his only suspended individuals who did not have valid visas entry into the United States of America. According to Obama spokesperson, Kevin Lewis, the former president was pleased to see Americans take to the streets to work together in communities and also to stand up against what they viewed as injustice.
"The president fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion," said Lewis. "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."
Before leaving office, Obama said he would take the approach of his predecessor, George W. Bush, and allow his successor time to govern without his influence, but also said that should President Trump violate basic American principles, he reserved the right to speak out.