In a rare move, dozens of American diplomats across the world have drafted a formal “dissent memo” to express their objection to US President Donald Trump’s entry ban against several Muslim countries, according to a report.
The draft, which has been circulating among diplomats and associates abroad over the past few days, denounces the ban as an “un-American” move and warns that it would actually harm efforts to protect the US from terrorists, ABC News reported Monday.
“This ban … will not achieve its stated aim to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States,” the draft reads.
After signing the executive order on Friday, Trump said his administration was seeking to keep what he called “radical Islamic terrorists” out of the US.
Under the new measure, citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia are banned from entering the US for at least 90 days while Syrian refugees are blocked indefinitely. Other refugee admissions will also be halted for 120 days.
The draft criticizes the Trump administration for “alienating” the governments of the Muslim-majority countries, who view the “knee jerk” directive as an “attack on Islam,” the report added.