Anti-Trump State Department Staff Oppose His Entry Into America EO
by Stephen Lendman
It’s more about politics as usual than “protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.”
On January 30, a draft letter supported by over 100 career foreign service officers and other diplomats expressed opposition to Trump’s action - headlined “SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED (SBU).”
“(I)t runs counter to core American values of nondiscrimination, fair play, and extending a warm welcome to foreign visitors and immigrants,” it said.
Fact: These and similar values are important, ones America consistently spurns at home and abroad, waging endless wars on humanity.
SBU: The EO “will not achieve its stated aim of to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States.”
Fact: True enough! State-sponsored terrorism is a homeland threat, not violence from refugees or other foreign nationals.
SBU: Trump’s EO “will increase anti-American sentiment.” It’ll be “counterproductive.”
Fact: Indeed! It’ll make more enemies than friends abroad. It’ll do nothing to make America safer.
SBU: “We have a special obligation to maintain an immigration system that is as free as possible from discrimination, that does not have an implied or actual religious tests, and that views individuals as individuals, not as part of stereotyped groups.”
Fact: US immigration was never free and fair, favoring Western Europeans, white Christians from inception, Jews post-WW II over other religious faiths, largely demeaning people of color.
State Department staffers against Trump’s action should either resign or carry out their duties as ordered by superiors.
Either way, they’re free to express their views. America’s First Amendment is endangered, but it’s still the law of the land.