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World :: US foreign diplomats in 'unprecedented' dissent over immigration restrictions

Hundreds of US diplomats around the world are set to formally criticise President Donald Trump's immigration restrictions, officials have told the BBC.

A "dissent cable" has been drafted for senior state department officials.

The White House said those complaining should "get with the programme".

In the wake of Mr Trump's ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, ex-President Barack Obama has spoken out against discrimination "based on faith or religion".

In a statement his spokesman, Kevin Lewis, said Mr Obama was also "heartened" by the level of engagement taking place across the country.

The draft text of the dissent cable, seen by the BBC, says that the immigration restrictions will not make the US safer, are un-American and will send the wrong message to the Muslim world.

Such cables are not that unusual but a State Department official said that the document had been signed by "hundreds" of people, which was described as "unprecedented".

President Trump issued the restrictions on Friday.

His executive order halted the entire US refugee programme for 120 days, indefinitely banned Syrian refugees and suspended all nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.