In a way, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been true to his word that his “terror ban” is not just about keeping Muslims out of the country. He’s looking to keep out Christians and Jews, too.
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The campaign’s proposal to temporarily ban immigration from countries “compromised” by terrorism is about the lack of a proper vetting system for these immigrants, not their religion, said Trump’s running mate Gov. Mike Pence said in an interview Monday on The Charlie Sykes Show, a Wisconsin radio talk-show.
When asked by Sykes whether the temporary ban on Muslim immigration, which Trump originally proposed (and Pence originally criticized), would include Christians and Jews in its latest iteration, Pence said immigration by all individuals from compromised countries would be suspended.
“To say that individuals that come from regions or countries that have been compromised by terrorism, that we would suspend that immigration, I think that’s appropriate until we develop a new vetting system,” Pence said, noting that the self-proclaimed caliphate of the Islamic State stretches across multiple countries.
In July, Trump said on “Meet the Press” that his campaign’s proposal to halt immigration from — as of now — unnamed countries supposedly compromised by terror represents an “expansion” on his proposed Muslim ban, not a revision.
A poll released by Morning Consult in June showed that half of Americans backed Trump’s ban on Muslim immigration, including almost three-fourths of likely Republican voters.