Donald Trump Wants To Ban Muslim Travel
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called for America to block all Muslims from entering the United States.
Trump, who previously called for surveillance against mosques, said he was open to the idea of establishing a database for all Muslims living in the country.
His message comes in the wake of the San Bernardino incident, a deadly shooting executed by suspected ISIS sympathizers, CNN reports.
“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine,” Trump said in a statement. “Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”
The release cited an online poll from the controversial Center for Security Policy. The Center claimed that a quarter of Muslims living in the U.S. believe violence against Americans is justified as part of a global jihadist campaign.
Critics have called the reliable of the organization’s information into question.
According to Trump’s campaign manager, the ban would apply not just to Muslim foreigners looking to immigrate to the U.S., but also to Muslims looking to visit the U.S. as tourists.
“We want to be very fair but too many bad things are happening and the percentage of true hatred is too great. People that are looking to destroy our country must be reported and turned in by the good people who love our country and want America to be great again.”
No word on what the shutdown on Muslim immigration would mean for Muslim Americans already living in the country.
Trump might be alone in this one. Several Republican lawmakers slammed his proposal.
“This is the kind of thing that people say when they have no experience and don’t know what they are talking about. We do not need to resort to that type of activity nor should we,” said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the Michael Medved radio show. “What we need to do is to increase our intelligence activities. We need to cooperate with peaceful Muslim Americans who want to give us intelligence against those who are radicalized.”