Donald Trump’s wrote an executive order on Jan. 27 that caused chaos and protests at airports across the country. He banned seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the country while also banning millions of refugees. That order was halted by the courts, thus forcing Trump to revise the order. The new order is much of the same, but now instead of seven Muslim-majority nations it’s six.
According to The New York Times, a group of 134 foreign policy experts have denounced the new order in a letter sent to the president.
In the letter signed by figures including former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and John Kerry argues that the revised ban “suffers from the same core substantive defects as the previous version.”
The letter that is directed to Trump and his people, which includes Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Michael Dempsey, the acting director of national intelligence, states that the new travel ban tells Muslims that the United States is an enemy of Islam.
“The revised executive order will jeopardize our relationship with allies and partners on whom we rely for vital counterterrorism cooperation and information-sharing To Muslims – including those victimized by or fighting against ISIS – it will send a message that reinforces the propaganda of ISIS and other extremist groups, that falsely claim the United States is at war with Islam,” it states.
“Welcoming Muslim refugees and travelers, by contrast, exposes the lies of terrorists and counters their warped vision,” it adds.
The letter has been signed by people who served under the Obama administration, including former national security adviser Susan Rice and former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power. It calls the revised order “damaging to the strategic and national security interests of the United States.”
But it wasn’t just democrats who signed the letter, experts who serve in both Republican and Democratic administrations also signed.
These include: R. Nicholas Burns, former National Security Council member under Clinton and counterterrorism coordinator under Bush, and John E. McLaughlin, the deputy CIA director for Clinton and acting CIA director for Bush.