One of the most frequently heard defenses of Donald Trump's racial/religious attacks on Mexican and Muslim immigrants is that Trump cares about national security (more, allegedly, than Hillary Clinton or even President Obama), and is only trying to protect the American people against crime and terrorism.

Not so, according to 121 members of the Republican national security community who signed a letter on March 3 opposing a Trump presidency. One of the signers, Kori Schake, former director on defense strategy and requirements on the National Security Council during George W. Bush's first term, has now announced that she will be voting for Hillary Clinton this fall.

In doing so, she joins two other former Bush officials, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

The letter that Schake signed in March had the following to say about Trump's immigration proposals:

"His hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric undercuts the seriousness of combating Islamic radicalism by alienating partners in the Islamic world making significant contributions to the effort. Furthermore, it endangers the safety and Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of American Muslims.

Controlling our border and preventing illegal immigration is a serious issue, but his insistence that Mexico will fund a wall on our southern border inflames unhelpful passions, and rests on an utter misreading of, and contempt for, our southern neighbor."

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Kori Schake's sister, Katrina Schake, works for the Clinton campaign, but says that this is the first time that she and Kori will have ever voted for the same candidate.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law