Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released a joint statement today in which they expressed fears the President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration “will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism.” Trump was quick to respond and asked whether they are embarked on “World War III.”

McCain and Graham, both of who have been inveterate critics of Trump, wrote “Our most important allies in the fight against ISIL are the vast majority of Muslims who reject its apocalyptic ideology of hatred," the senators said in a joint statement, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. "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,” read the statement.

“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,” they added. McCain expressed concern that the order may serve to the benefit of the Islamic State (ISIS). “I think the effect will probably in some areas give ISIS some more propaganda,” he said. In two tweets,

Trump responded, saying, “The joint statement of former presidential candidates John McCain & Lindsey Graham is wrong - they are sadly weak on immigration.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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