Critics say Barack Obama kept out refugees with an Iraqi migrant policy
Outrage has erupted over the US President’s controversial temporary executive order to halt refugees from seven Muslim countries, with thousands of protestors taking to the street across the world.
However opponents have been quick to highlight Barack Obama banned Iraqi refugees from entering the US in 2005 over terrorism fears.
Mr Obama’s administration stopped processing all applications from Iraqi migrants over a six-month time period.
It has also emerged Democrat favourite and husband of Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, took a tough stance against immigration, deporting the highest number on record in 2000 when 1,864,343 aliens were booted out, according to the US Center for Immigration studies.
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Let’s put this into a little perspective before we all rush away with the idea that Trump has done something totally wicked
Iain Dale, political commentator and LBC presenter, waded into the debate telling protestors not to get carried away.
He wrote: “I condemn it unreservedly and I think the Prime Minister made a mistake in not doing the same.
“But, let’s put this into a little perspective before we all rush away with the idea that Trump has done something totally wicked, unprecedented and proves that he is a modern day incarnation of Hitler…
“Back in 2011 President Obama did exactly the same thing. He banned all refugees from Iraq. Not for three months, but for six.
“There was not a peep from the media about this. Or if there was, I must have missed it. But that’s because of course Obama could do no wrong.”
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Donald Trump has banned refugees from seven Muslim countries from entering the US
He added: “It is based on prejudice and fearmongering. It’s not a Fascist measure – unless you’re happy to apply the word to Barack Obama too.”
The former Labour MP tweeted: “Obama deported more folks than ALL US presidents put together. If you were with Obama you’ve no moral standing."
Mr Trump’s executive order has banned migrants from seven Muslim countries including Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Iran, and Iraq from coming to the US for the next 90 days.
The executive order also indefinitely blocks Syrian refugees from entering and lowers migrant numbers entering the US to 50,000 refugees.
Since the order has been introduced, 109 people who were in transit on airplanes were denied entry and 173 had not been allowed to get on their planes overseas.
Trump raised Obama's Iraqi ban to justify his migrant ban
And so far no green-card holders have been prevented from entering the US.
Mr Trump raised Obama’s Iraqi ban on January 29 when he attempted to defend his immigration executive order.
He wrote: “My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.
“The seven countries named in the executive order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.”
Mr Obama’s freeze over the processing of Iraqi refugees for six months was introduced after two Al-Qaeda members from Iraq, who were living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, admitted to targeting US troops in Iraq.
However his programme did not impact green card holders, or anyone with a visa.
It also didn’t affect refugees who had already gone through the vetting process.
And in contrast, Mr Trump’s order gives preference to religious minority groups, such as Christians.