134 foreign policy experts condemn Trump travel ban
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A group of 134 foreign policy experts have denounced President Trump's revised travel ban in a letter to the president, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The new travel order, which is set to take effect on Wednesday, replaced a more sweeping ban issued on Jan. 27 that caused chaos and protests at airports across the country.

But the letter signed by figures including former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and John KerryJohn Forbes Kerry2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states When it comes to Colombia, America is in a tough spot 36 people who could challenge Trump in 2020 MORE argues that the revised ban "suffers from the same core substantive defects as the previous version."

In the letter directed to Trump, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Michael Dempsey, the acting director of national intelligence, the former government officials argue that the new travel ban tells Muslims that the United States is an enemy of Islam.

"The revised executive order will jeopardize our relationship with allies and partners on whom we rely for vital counterterrorism cooperation and information-sharing to Muslims — including those victimized by or fighting against ISIS — it will send a message that reinforces the propaganda of ISIS and other extremist groups, that falsely claim the United States is at war with Islam," it states. 

"Welcoming Muslim refugees and travelers, by contrast, exposes the lies of terrorists and counters their warped vision," it adds.

The letter was signed by a slew of former Obama-administration officials, including former national security adviser Susan Rice and former U.N. Ambassador Samantha PowerSamantha Jane PowerRice’s odd memo: Did Obama withhold intel from Trump? Obama's UN ambassador pans Trump's 'miserably racist' comments on immigrants Former UN ambassador: Most of Trump’s crises are of his own making MORE. It calls the revised order "damaging to the strategic and national security interests of the United States."

E xperts who served in both Republican and Democratic administrations signed the letter, including R. Nicholas Burns, former National Security Council member under former President Clinton and counterterrorism coordinator under former President George W. Bush, and John E. McLaughlin, the deputy CIA director for Clinton and acting CIA director for Bush.

The first order, which temporarily halted the entry of refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, was hit by more than two dozen lawsuits. The administration issued a new order aimed at surviving legal challenges.

Among the changes, the new order drops Iraq from the list of seven countries affected by the travel ban, and it exempts those from the travel ban who hold valid visas.

The order continues to halt all refugee admissions for four months, while the previous order went further in suspending Syrian refugees indefinitely and allowed preference for some religious minorities.