Foreign Affairs

Former Diplomats and Business Leaders Agree: Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Bad for America’s Security and Economy

As the Trump Administration defends its unconstitutional Muslim ban in the courts, former diplomats and national security officials, as well as business leaders, are weighing in and voicing their opposition to the ban because it puts our nation and our troops at risk and is bad for business. From the Washington Post

“Fresh challenges to President Trump’s court-frozen immigration order took shape Monday with two former secretaries of state claiming the White House was undermining national security and nearly 100 Silicon Valley tech companies arguing it will keep the best minds from coming to America.”

“The powerful new voices were added with another legal showdown coming as early as Monday. The suspension of the order, meanwhile, has allowed those previously banned more time to try to reach the United States.”

“Early Monday, two former secretaries of state — John F. Kerry and Madeline Albright — joined a six-page joint statement saying Trump’s order ‘undermines’ national security and will ‘endanger U.S. troops in the field.’ The rare declaration, addressed to the 9th Circuit, was also backed by top former national security officials including Leon Panetta, who served as a past CIA director and defense secretary during the Obama administration.”

“Hours earlier, a host of technology giants — including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Uber — were part of a ‘friend of the court’ legal brief by 97 companies opposing the Trump administration’s immigration order. The brief claimed the order was a ‘significant departure’ from U.S. immigration policies and ‘makes it more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world’s best employees.’”