McCain and Graham Issue Statement Against Trump’s Exec Order

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On Sunday, Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham issued a statement that voices concern with President Trump’s executive order on banning refugees from entry into the U.S.

According to the Republican senators, Trump’s executive order “will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism.”

Here is the joint statement:

“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.

“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.”

In an interview on “Face the Nation,” Sen. McCain revealed to CBS host John Dickerson that he shares concerns with Gen. David Petraeus about how allied translators for the U.S. military will be treated by the new ban.

McCain also believes the ban will only propel ISIS forward, stating “I think the effect will probably, in some areas, give ISIS some more propaganda.”

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