ERIE, Pa. — While some across the country are outraged by the executive order severely restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, others stand behind President Donald Trump’s actions.
“You lock your doors at night because you love the people inside,” said Bradley Russo. “It’s not that you hate the people on the outside, but you love the people on the inside. The president, his job overall is to protect the security of all Americans and this is the best way he sees fit of doing it.”
The order also suspends all refugee admission for 120 days and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely.
Trump supporters said it’s not an issue of race or religion, but of safety and security.
“Even though they are very peaceful people of religion and from whatever country they’re from, there’s also radicalized people that are in this group,” Kim Bushong said. “And I’m fearful.”
They also said Trump campaigned on this promise and told voters he was going to do this.
“Trump said America first, and he also said let’s make America better. And that is what he is trying to do,” Brad Murr said.
Russo also added that the countries targeted by the order were originally selected as possible sources of terror by former President Barack Obama’s administration.
“The ban itself was put in place until we come out with a better procedure to vet the immigrants coming in,” Russo said. “That’s the purpose of it. Not to upset anybody or kick anybody out because America’s a melting pot. We all know that.”
Supporters said they stand behind it because they think Trump has the American people’s best interest in mind in keeping the borders secure, also adding it’s not permanent.