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U.S. Diplomats Draft Memo Against Trump Immigration Ban


U.S. diplomats upset by President Donald Trump's ban on immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries are are reportedly drafting a latter of dissent to speak out against his actions.

According to ABC News, dozens of foreign service officers and diplomats stationed in countries around the world have been drafting a letter that sharply criticizes Trump's executive order, which went into effect on Jan. 27.

"This ban ... will not achieve its stated aim to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States," warned an early draft reviewed by ABC News.

The draft letter says that rather than help "keep America safe," the executive order will increase anti-American sentiment and "immediately sour relations" with allies in the fight against terrorism.

The draft letter also points out that "the overwhelming majority" of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil were committed by native-born or naturalized U.S. citizens "who have been living in the United States for decades, if not since birth."

"Given the near absence of terror attacks committed in recent years" by visa holders from the seven countries included in the ban -- Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Libya and Sudan -- "this ban will have little practical effect in improving public safety," the draft said.

Politico reported that State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the agency is aware of the draft letter of dissent.

"The dissent channel is a longstanding official vehicle for State Department employees to convey alternative views and perspectives on policy issues," Toner said. "This is an important process that the acting secretary, and the department as a whole, value and respect."

Dissent among diplomats and officers is fairly common and the State Department has a specific procedure created during the Vietnam War for officials to air grievances, according to ABC News.

According to the New York Times, in June 2016, 51 diplomats used the dissent channel to criticize President Barack Obama's policy on Syria and urged him to increase military action against the country.

Sources: ABC News, Politico, New York Times / Photo Credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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