Chuck D, John Legend, Q-Tip & More React to President Trump’s Immigration, Refugee Ban
President Donald Trump has sparked outrage after he signed an executive order to ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States on Friday (Jan. 27). According to ABC News, the seven-page document calls for an immediate suspension of immigration from countries with ties to terror, including Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya, for a time period of 90 days. The president also blocked the country's Syrian refugee program as well.
President Trump says the executive order, called "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States," will protect the U.S. from terrorists that use the resettlement program to enter the country. But opponents argue that the action eviscerates a program that provides vital assistance to refugees, and ultimately empowers terrorist organizations.
In response to President Trump’s executive action, Iran reportedly announced that they will ban United States citizens from entering their country. "I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We don’t want them here," said Trump. "We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people."
Reactions to the immigration ban have been widespread with several music artists vehemently opposing the President Trump's controversial order.
"Expect artists to be banned & jailed by 2020 .in the USA .. im clear on this," tweeted Chuck D. Fellow rapper Michael Franti wrote, "There Have Been No Fatal Terror Attacks In The U.S. By Immigrants From The 7 Banned Muslim countries #zero."
Check out the artists' reactions below: