Bruce Springsteen Speaks Out Against Muslim Ban at Australia Concert

Bruce Springsteen
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Bruce Springsteen talks with the media following his sound check at Perth Arena on Jan. 22, 2017 in Perth, Australia. 

Bruce Springsteen spoke out in protest against President Donald Trump's executive action on immigration while on an Australian tour stop earlier today (Jan. 30).

Springsteen took the mic just before performing "American Land," which he described as an "immigrant song" to the crowd in Adelaide. Springsteen said the E Street Band was adding its voice to "the thousands of Americans who are protesting in airports (against the) Muslim Ban." 

"America is a nation of immigrants, and we find this anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American," he said to the crowd.

On Saturday (Jan. 28), a federal judge in New York temporarily blocked part of Trump's order, ruling that authorities couldn't remove individuals from the seven affected countries who had already arrived at U.S. airports after the order had been issued. 

President Trump responded with a statement posted Jan. 29 on Facebook, writing, "America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say.

"My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.
This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe."

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