After ten days of silence Former US President Barack Obama spoke out against the Trump Administration’s immigration policies and encouraged citizens to continue to let their voice be heard and exercise their rights as citizens to protest.

Kevin Lewis, an Obama spokesperson said, “President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.”

While Obama has been silent, he may have spoken out today due to Trump’s insistence that his foreign and immigration policies mirror that of his predecessor.

“With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions,” Lewis said, “as we’ve heard before, the President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”

Obama called prioritizing religion, one over another, as shameful. “We don’t have religious tests to our compassion,” he said.

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets and airports all around the country over the weekend to protest the Trump Administration’s 90-day travel and immigration ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries. Yesterday, a federal judge handed down an injunction to temporarily halt the trump’s actions.