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President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at Miami Dade College in Miami. Obama is in Miami to encourage people to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act during an upcoming enrollment period. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama rejected Trump's travel ban in his first statement since leaving office


Former President Barack Obama, in his first statement since leaving office, supported protests against President Trump's travel ban, saying, "American values are at stake." 

Kevin Lewis, spokesman for the Obama post-presidency, said the former president was "heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country."

Here's a look at Obama's full statement on the immigration ban protests. 

In the statement, the 44th president also rejected the idea that President Trump based his executive order on a policy adopted by the Obama administration. 

Trump previously said the executive order was partially based on the Obama administration's 2011 decision to bar Iraqis from resettling in the U.S., according to The Washington Post

Former Obama administration officials, however, adamantly deny that the U.S. ever stopped awarding visas to Iraqis during that time. 

In the statement, Obama added that he "fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion." 

It's not surprising that Obama supports the protests, seeing as his final speech as president addressed the importance of citizens acting as "guardians of our democracy." 

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