United States international Geoff Cameron has defended president Donald Trump’s executive order of temporary ban on refugees from seven Middle-Eastern countries.
The Stoke City stopper is one of the few athletes who have come out in support of the President’s ban.
“I believe it’s important to support our president whether he was your candidate or not,” Cameron said.
“I am pleased he is making security of all Americans one of his top priorities. Our enemies have stated — and in Europe they have proven — they will take advantage of lax immigration procedures for the purposes of staging attacks.”
“A temporary pause on immigration for the purpose of evaluating and improving vetting procedures makes sense. The United States is one of the most generous and compassionate nations. Our ability to care for and support countries and refugees in need resides in our own sense of security. If we don’t feel safe, how can we protect others?”
The Premier League star is amongst the minority of his international teammates who have supported the commander-in-chiefs harsh but effective decision.
Michael Bradley, Alejandro Bedoya, Darlington Nagbe and Sacha Kljestan have been very critical of the ban.
Meanwhile, recently re-appointed headcoach of the USA national team Bruce Arena was very critical of the move when he said, “I think it’s sad because one thing we do in our sport is that we are a global sport,” Arena told The Washington Post. “We travel the world. We meet all kinds of people. And we conclude at the end that they are all beautiful people.”
“We have bad people in the world, we have bad people in our country, but clearly a large majority of people are good. It’s fabulous when we can give them an opportunity to be part of our country.”
US President Donald Trump signed the executive order putting a temporary ban on immigrants from seven countries entering the United States, and recent polls suggest that a majority of American’s support the commander-in-chief’s strong ‘vetting’ plans, as he looks to solve the United States immigration and crime problem.
Some 57 per cent of US likely voters favour the temporary ban on refugees “until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here”, a phone and online survey by polling company Rasmussen Reports found.
The polling company says 33 per cent are opposed to the ban with 10 per cent undecided.
Rasmussen Reports said: “These findings have changed little from August when 59 per cent of voters agreed with Trump’s call for a temporary ban on immigration into the United States from ‘the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism’ until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists.”