The interpreter for “American Sniper” Chris Kyle has spoken out about President Donald Trump’s controversial block on refugees in the United States for 120 days and the barring of visa entry from citizens of seven countries.
Johnny Walker, who worked as Kyle’s Iraqi translator during the Iraq War, told Independent Journal Review: “I agree 100% with President Trump’s decision. The national security of the United States is a paramount issue.”
“All President Trump is doing is ensuring that people can go about their day without living in so much fear. Women won’t have to worry about walking around the mall; kids won’t have to worry about going to the school,” he said.
Walker added that many of the countries on the list—which include Libya, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia—”don’t have a database that keeps track of its citizens.”
“It wouldn’t be hard for someone to get into the U.S. whose loyalty lies with ISIS or a militia aligned with Iran. While the militia isn’t necessarily our enemy right now, they don’t have loyalty to the U.S., they are loyal to the interests of the government that funds them. And that government says “Death to America,” he added. “ISIS’s strongholds are in Iraq and Syria. We all know what they want to do to Americans.”
Trump’s order on Friday has been met with much criticism and protests over the weekend—namely after some people from those seven countries were detained at airports.
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The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, slammed Trump’s order, even mocking him when a New York judge on Saturday placed a temporary block in response.
“I hope Trump enjoys losing,” ACLU national political director Faiz Shakir told Yahoo News. “He’s going to lose so much we’re going to get sick and tired of his losing,” he added.
The ACLU wrote on Twitter: “Our courts today worked as they should as bulwarks against government abuse or unconstitutional policies and orders.”
The move was also met with criticism from House and Senate Democrats and some Republicans.
Sens. John McCain and Linsey Graham, both Republicans, issued a joint statement that read: “It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump’s executive order was not properly vetted. We are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security.”
But the Department of Homeland Security, in a statement, says it won’t budge on Trump’s orders and will “will continue to enforce all” of them.
“Trump’s Executive Order affects a minor portion of international travelers, and is a first step towards reestablishing control over America’s borders and national security,” the statement continues.