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Jeb Bush calls Trump's immigration ban 'poor policymaking'



Jeb Bush has broken his silence over President Trump's immigration orders, calling it "poor policymaking."

Bush as a presidential candidate spoke passionately about the role immigrants play in America and the importance of Muslims in the fight on terror. Until now, his silence about Trump's directives has struck some as unusual.

The article Bush refers carries the headline "Trump's Ban Undermines Iraqi Cooperation Against Islamic State."

It begins:

There are many good reasons to object to the Trump administration's new ban on allowing people from seven predominantly Muslim Middle East countries to travel to the U.S. and halting the acceptance of Syrian refugees.  I am among the many Americans ashamed that our great country could so easily push aside its history of caring for people with the most desperate needs in the world.  I also am among the national security analysts who don't see how this helps deliver on the promise of protecting the U.S. from terrorism, and worry that they will inflame the resentment and anti-Americanism that fuel attacks against our citizens at home and abroad.

But, most tangibly and practically, I am among the millions of Americans who served as soldiers, diplomats or humanitarian workers in Iraq or Afghanistan, and therefore have insights into how the immigration ban has made Defense Secretary James Mattis's job of devising a plan to eradicate Islamic State a whole lot more difficult.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 10:43pm]


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