In January, President Trump issued an executive order which for 90 days prevents people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, banned refugees from those countries for 120 days, and banned Syrian refugees indefinitely.
A federal judge in Washington state has temporarily blocked that executive order, and a group of ten former senior government officials has filed an affidavit in support of the judge’s decision. Among those included in the group are two former Secretaries of State: John Kerry and Madeline Albright.
The affidavit urged the judge not to reinstate the ban, which is described as “ill-conceived, poorly implemented and ill-explained.” The affidavit goes on to indicate that the safety of the U.S. is actually compromised by the President’s action. Specifically, the affidavit states that the executive order places our troops in greater danger, reduces the probability of obtaining needed intelligence information, and gives extremist groups a source of propaganda to use against us. It definitively states that the executive order “cannot be justified on national security or foreign policy grounds,” and that it “offends our nation’s laws and values”.