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Hillary Clinton tweets disapproval of Trump's order on immigration

By Frenalyn Untalan, For IB Times, On 30 January 2017, Read Original
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took to Twitter on Saturday evening to express her support to protesters against US President Donald Trump's latest executive order on immigration titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry to the United States.” She assured the protesting public that she stands with them.

“I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution,” Clinton wrote. She stressed that it’s not how Americans are.

Flocks of protesters have come together at airports across the United States to convey strong disapproval against the US president’s latest executive order on immigration. The executive order, also known as “extreme vetting,” was signed on Friday afternoon.

The executive order closes down the arrival of refugees into the United States for 120 days. It also bans citizens of Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen into the US for 90 days.

Based on its text, Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration seeks to "protect the United States from foreign nationals entering from countries compromised by terrorism” and implement “a more rigorous vetting process.” The order bans 218 million people from crossing the threshold of the US.

But it is only the beginning for a more rigorous vetting process. An official from the White House revealed on Friday that the veto on seven Muslim-majority countries is likely just a first step toward setting up a more comprehensive ban.

The White House official has stressed that the “mandate is to keep America safe.” The Trump administration is not going to take any risk.

But Clinton is not one who would support the administration’s more rigorous vetting process. During the 2016 US presidential campaign, the former secretary of state has criticised her then opponent’s rhetoric on terrorism and Muslims.

In one of her public speeches during campaign period, Clinton said Trump does not understand national security or terrorism. “He says he knows more about ISIS than the generals do. It's almost hard to even think about what to say to that claim,” she said.

The new US president, during the campaign, called for banning Syrian refugees from the US. He described their entry as a potential “trojan horse.” Now that he has become the leader of the free world, a program that aims to admit Syrian refugees fleeing civil war and a humanitarian crisis will be ended indefinitely.

Even Hassan Shibly, executive director of Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida (CAIR-Florida), does not agree with the executive order. He believes that it is oppposed to the very founding principles of America as a welcoming nation and will not make the country any safer, but will only make it more fearful. “Such restrictions run contrary to the very founding principles of our nation,” he told CNN.

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