As protests continue to grow at airports nationwide in response to President Donald Trump’s so-called “Muslim Ban” executive orders, leading GOP senators are now speaking out against the orders, saying they are “not properly vetted” and calling them “a self-inflicted wound in the fight against ISIS”.
A federal judge granted an injunction against the executive orders on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), but the Trump Administration and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have said they will continue to implement the orders.
In a break from Republican solidarity with Trump since the inauguration, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued a joint statement Sunday morning, calling out the Trump administration for both the substance of the orders and its handling of the process. The statement reads:
Our government has a responsibility to defend our borders, but we must do so in a way that makes us safer and upholds all that is decent and exceptional about our nation.
It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump’s executive order was not properly vetted. We are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security.
Such a hasty process risks harmful results. We should not stop green-card holders from returning to the country they call home. We should not stop those who have served as interpreters for our military and diplomats from seeking refuge in the country they risked their lives to help. And we should not turn our backs on those refugees who have been shown through extensive vetting to pose no demonstrable threat to our nation, and who have suffered unspeakable horrors, most of them women and children.
Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism. At this very moment, American troops are fighting side-by-side with our Iraqi partners to defeat ISIL. But this executive order bans Iraqi pilots from coming to military bases in Arizona to fight our common enemies. Our most important allies in the fight against ISIL are the vast majority of Muslims who reject its apocalyptic ideology of hatred. This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.