John McCain and Lindsey Graham have said that they fear Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration “will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism.”
In a joint statement, the senators said:
“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.”
On Friday Trump signed an executive order calling for a 90-day ban on nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the United States. The order also includes a 120-day halt on admitting refugees and an indefinite pause on admitting refugees from Syria.
The statement continued:
“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.”
Earlier on Sunday, McCain expressed concern over how this new order could affect Iraqis, telling CBS’s John Dickerson that Gen. David Petraeus is “very concerned” about translators who helped the United States military.
“What about the Iraqi pilots training in Tucson Arizona, learning to fly the F-16?” McCain asked on “Face the Nation.”
He also said the executive order may fuel propaganda disseminated by ISIS.
“I think the effect will probably in some areas give ISIS some more propaganda,” he said.