Dale Earnhardt Jr. Takes Unexpected Left Turn In The Immigration Ban Conversation

Ford Springer | Contributor

President Trump’s temporary immigration ban has resulted in some outspoken criticisms over the weekend mostly coming from liberal Hollywood celebrities. But NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. also joined the conversation empathizing with those affected by the ban.

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 18: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance / Batman Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 18, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

On Friday, Trump signed an executive order suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days and suspending the Syrian refugee program indefinitely. Earnhardt, citing his own family heritage, spoke against the ban in response to a tweet Saturday night, The Charlotte Observer reports.

“My [family] immigrated from Germany in 1700s escaping religious persecution,” Earnhardt said in the tweet. “America is created by immigrants.”

The NASCAR driver has previously expressed his fascination with his family’s heritage and is proud of his German lineage.

In 2015, Earnhardt even proposed to his wife, Amy in a church in Illesheim, Germany, where his ancestors worshiped over 10 generations ago. Earnhardt told USA Today at the time he wanted a special spot to pop the question and no other place was “good enough or special enough for her.”

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