Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy said on Friday that President Donald Trump’s new policy on refugees will serve to revitalize the Islamic State.
The President signed an executive order on Friday that he said would ensure refugees were thoroughly vetted to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S.
The order, titled “Protection of the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” also bars all persons from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, or Yemen from entering the Untied States for 30 days and suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days until it is reinstated “only for nationals of countries from whom” members of Trump’s Cabinet deem can be properly vetted.
The President’s order would especially affect Syria by indefinitely blocking all refugees from that nation, which has been a humanitarian disaster since it fell into a civil war in 2011, a situation which has only become more tragic with the passage of time.
“Trump has now handed ISIS a path to rebirth,” Murphy said in an op-ed for Huffington Post. “They can and will use his announcement today as confirmation that America is at war with Muslims, especially those Muslims living in desperate circumstances.”
“Their recruitment bulletin boards will light up with new material. Their entreaties to would-be lone wolf attackers in America will have new energy and purpose,” he added. “All the work we have done to cut down on extremist recruitment at home and abroad now goes out the window. It’s a new day for terrorist recruiters.”
“Donald Trump’s long-awaited Muslim ban became a reality today,” he said. “True, the ban doesn’t cover every Muslim globally, just a set of Muslims from countries Trump perceives, rather arbitrarily, to be dangerous.”
“Trump’s Muslim ban is a moral abomination. It is fundamentally un-American. And it is dangerous — it will give life back to the terrorist movement and eventually get Americans killed,” Murphy continued.