By Matthew StaverCNNMoneyNovember 21, 2017 10:04:15A new administration has vowed to crack down on the Muslim community and its supporters, and Trump’s new executive order banning all immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries was widely condemned by human rights groups.
“President Donald Trump’s Executive Order is a chilling and unnecessary step toward restricting American freedoms,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a statement.
“President Trump’s discriminatory actions are designed to advance the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda of the ‘one nation, two systems’ and the exclusion of all other religions.”CAIR called the order “unnecessary, discriminatory and unconstitutional,” and said it will only embolden extremists in America.
The White House also said the order will protect American troops, but the administration said the ban will be enforced “with due process.”
The order came on the same day the Trump administration announced plans to cut $2 billion from the Department of Defense’s Countering Violent Extremism program, an effort to reduce violent extremism across the United States.
The move is meant to reduce funding for counter-terrorism efforts aimed at disrupting recruitment, financing and violent extremism, which is currently estimated to account for $1.7 billion in funding in the United Kingdom, $1 billion in Germany and $1 million in Canada.
“While we are grateful to the President for his leadership in advancing our common defense, the Department’s Counter Extremism efforts are not an adequate counter to the radicalization of our young men and women in the military and other key services,” said Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense David O’Rourke in a press release.
“The funding cut is a necessary and necessary step to achieve this objective.”
The Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Department on which Trump is chief executive, also announced it would cut funding to counter violent extremism programs.
“Our military will continue to have the greatest capacity to counter threats to our homeland and our people,” DHS Director Elaine Duke said in the release.