Susan Rice appeared today after the London Terror Attack to say that Trump’s travel ban wouldn’t make the United States safer.
The “travel ban” refers to Executive Order 13769 which seeks to suspend refugees and other “travelers” from terrorist hotbeds Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The executive order was also seeks to decrease the number of refugees allowed to settle in the United States from 110,000 per year to 50,000. Executive Order 13769 was blocked by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and is headed to the Supreme Court.
In the aftermath of last night’s London (Islamic) Terror Attack, Donald Trump called for an “end to political correctness” and urged the Supreme Court to uphold Executive Order 13769.
The London Terror Attack is the second Islamic terror attack in two weeks in the United Kingdom. It follows the Manchester Bombing in which suicide bomber Salman Ramadan Abedi killed 23 at an Ariana Grande concert. Abedi lived in Libya from 2011 to 2013 where he strengthened his ties with an ISIS cell located there. He was allowed back into the United Kingdom following his two-year stint in Libya and was known to British intelligence services before the attack.
The identities of the 3 attackers that carried out last night’s London Terror Attack have not been released, but witnesses reported that the attackers screamed “This is for Allah.”
Despite the clear connection between terrorist attacks and Muslim “travelers” from hotbed countries, Susan Rice appeared on ABC to deny that connection:
Well, George, there’s really no evidence to suggest that by banning Muslims or banning Muslims from a particular set of six countries that we would make ourselves here in the United States safer. And that’s, I believe, one of the major reasons why the courts thus far have been skeptical of the travel ban.
Moreover, I think there’s a very real risk that by stigmatizing and isolating Muslims from particular countries and Muslims in general that we alienate the very communities here in the United States whose cooperation we need to detect and prevent these home-grown extremists from being able to carry out attacks.
We need the cooperation of our Muslim American communities. We need the cooperation of all Americans. They need to feel that they are valued and part of this challenge that we face together as a nation. And by stigmatizing a subset of ourselves or a subset even of foreigners we make that much more difficult, it’s counterproductive.