Michigan AG Bill Schuette: President Trump 'placing security of Americans first'

Michigan Attorney General says executive order is not a ban on Muslims

DETROIT – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette took to Twitter Monday to offer his opinion on President Donald Trump's executive order to temporarily ban immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

"The US must have an immigration policy that provides safety and security for our nation," Schuette tweeted at 6:02 p.m. Monday. "A policy that is hopeful to all new Americans and which discriminates against no one."

Trump's executive order has sent shock waves through the nation, resulting in countless protests. Thousands of Metro Detroit residents gathered at the Detroit airport Sunday afternoon to protest.

A judge issued a nationwide stay late Saturday night, allowing people to be detained at airports across the country who landed with valid visas to temporarily remain in the United States.

"We jumped into court immediately overnight and requested this emergency stay to ensure individuals would not be returned back to their countries," a spokesperson said.

Trump's executive order banned Syrian refugees indefinitely. Immigration banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days went into effect overnight, leaving as many as 200 travelers stranded.

From New York to San Francisco, thousands gathered at airports to protest the action.

But Schuette took a different stance on Trump's executive order.

"Trump's executive order is not a ban on Muslims, and he is placing the security of Americans first," Schuette tweeted.

Trump said the order is to prevent radical Islamic terrorists.

"It is not a Muslim ban, but we are currently prepared, it's working out very nicely," Trump said. "You see it at the airports, you see it all over. It's working out very nicely."

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