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Barak Obama lauds protests against President Trump's Immigration Ban

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Jan 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-30 16:28:08-05

Former President Barak Obama released a statement Monday lauding Americans for protesting across the country in response to President Donald Trump's executive order banning people from seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

Citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen are banned for 90 days.

Obama's comment is his first public statement since leaving the White House. 

"Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by the elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake," said Obama. 

President Trump has defended the ban, comparing it to Obama's 2011 policy on refugees from Iraq.