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On Monday, former President Barack Obama broke his silence on the immigration and travel ban that President Donald Trump implemented over the weekend.

In a statement released by Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for former President Obama, on Monday, the former president didn’t specifically cite the ban or the protests that have sprung up around the country (and around the world), but he did express solidarity with the ideals of nondiscrimination and the right to make our voices heard to our government officials.

— Trump falsely claimed two were shot during Obama’s farewell speech — 

“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizens and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy — not just during an election but every day,” the statement read.

“Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake,” the statement continued before going on to say, “With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith.”