Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered support on Twitter to those protesting President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration Saturday evening.
“I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution. This is not who we are,” the former Democratic presidential candidate wrote in a tweet posted shortly before 11 p.m. ET.
Thousands of demonstrators gathered at airports across the country to protest Trump’s executive order, which was signed Friday afternoon. It halts refugee arrivals into the US for 120 days and bars citizens of Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for 90 days.
The order, according to its text, was meant to “protect the United States from foreign nationals entering from countries compromised by terrorism” and implement “a more rigorous vetting process.”
A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, issued a temporary emergency stay on the order on Saturday evening, allowing those who landed in the US and hold a valid visa to remain.
The ACLU had filed a habeas corpus petition on behalf of two Iraqi refugees, both of whom were detained by border agents at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City despite having previously been granted asylum and holding valid visas. Both men were released Saturday.
Clinton criticized Trump’s rhetoric on terrorism and Muslims throughout the presidential campaign. At one point, her campaign emailed supporters the full text of Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigrants and tourists and said during an interview with Business Insider that his statements have made him a “recruiting sergeant for ISIS.”
I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution. This is not who we are.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 29, 2017