A group of Republican lawmakers have already spoken out against President Donald Trump's executive actions to bar immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days.
The Republicans are the same crew who spoke out early and often against Trump's immigration screeds on the campaign trail. So far Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ), Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have stood against Trump's actions.
The backlash against Trump has been broad and come from all corners of the Republican Party in Congress.
In a joint statement Sunday, Graham and McCain warned that Trump's actions were little more than "a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism."
"At this very moment, American troops are fighting side-by-side with our Iraqi partners to defeat ISIL. But this executive order bans Iraqi pilots from coming to military bases in Arizona to fight our common enemies. Our most important allies in the fight against ISIL are the vast majority of Muslims who reject its apocalyptic ideology of hatred," the statement said. "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.”
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