Trump refugee ban: Julia asks Muslim activist 'where were the protests when Obama stopped Iraqi refugees?'

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Protests have been taking place against the ban

Monday, January 30, 2017

Julia Hartley-Brewer spoke to a Muslim community leader on her show this morning, and suggested some protesters are forgetting recent political history in their rush to condemn Donald Trump's travel ban.

Julia told Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadan Foundation that, while she is no fan of Mr Trump, he's not the first president to ban people entering from foreign countries. She pointed out that his predecessor Barack Obama suspended the Iraqi refugee programme for six months - and that the protests were far less vehement then.

Shafiq, for his part,said there was no evidence to justify Mr Trump's travel ban, which will suspend the visas of travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries while banning Syrian refugees completely, and suspending the US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days. 

Shafiq also said the ban "doesn’t actually deal with the problem of terrorism" and will actually only fuel the fire of extremism.

Listen to the full interview above

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