“They’re pouring in, and we don’t know what we’re doing” said Donald Trump on Tuesday, speaking of the flow of Muslims into America via immigration (both legal and illegal), visitation, and refugee admission
Reiterating his call for the suspension of foreign Muslims entering the US - with certain exceptions - Trump cast his proposal as a national security measure in light of Sunday’s Islamic terrorist attack targeting LGBT persons at a gay nightclub in Orlando
“The immigration laws of the United States give the president powers to suspend entry into the country of any class of persons,” said Trump, adding that he plans to suspend immigration from “areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe, or our allies.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Saint Anselm College Monday, June 13, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.
“I will use this power to protect the American people,” said Trump
“We have a dysfunctional immigration system,” said Trump, asserting that the status quo of immigration and refugee policies “does not permit [us] to protect our citizens properly.”
"Radical Islamic terrorism,” added Trump, was being imported into the country via these policies.
Thousands of people with the same Islamic “thought process” as the “savage killer” in Orlando, said Trump, were entering the US
“Many of the principles of radical Islam,” said Trump, are “incompatible with Western values and institutions."
“Radical Islam is anti-woman, anti-gay, and anti-American,” said Trump. Left-wing CNN's Jake Tapper agreed with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee on this point.
“I refuse to allow America to become a place where gay people, Christian people, Jewish people, are targets of persecution and intimidation by radical Islamic preachers of hate and violence,” said Trump
Failures of contemporary immigration and refugee policies listed by Trump included the 9/11 hijackers, the San Bernardino terrorists, the Boston Marathon bombers, and Somali refugees in Minnesota who joined ISIS abroad. All had legally entered America.
“We cannot afford to talk around issues, anymore,” said Trump, alluding to the refusal of President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party, left-wing media, and the broader left to acknowledge the connections between Islamic terrorism, Islam, and Muslims
Clinton, said Trump, "supports so much of what is wrong, and what is wrong with this country," adding that she "has no clue what radical Islam is." Clinton has promised to admit hundreds of thousands of Muslims into the US as refugees and immigrants if elected president
"[Clinton's] in total denial" of the phenomenon of Islamic terrorism, said Trump, adding that her refusal to appropriately identify the enemy "broadcast[s] weakness across the entire world.
Mocking Clinton's inability to acknowledge the links between Islamic terrorism, Islam, and Muslims, Trump quoted a statement of the former first lady's in the aftermath of the Islamic mass murder terrorist attack in San Bernardino from December of 2015. "Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism," said Clinton
Clinton sought to abolish the Second Amendment, said Trump, adding that his presumptive opponent wanted to "disarm law-abiding Americans.
"[Clinton] wants to take away Americans' guns and then admit the very people who want to slaughter us," said Trump, adding that he would soon with the NRA to discuss policies to better enable Americans to protect themselves from Islamic terrorists. "I will always be defending the Second Amendment.
"Political correctness," said Trump, was getting Americans killed. "The days of deadly ignorance will end.
Calling on Obama to release to "immigration histories" of persons implicated in terrorism, Trump said Americans had a "right to know" how they entered the country. "Why are they here?" asked Trump
The US admits 100,000 immigrants from the Middle East, said Trump, as well as "many more" from Muslim-majority countries outside of the region. "Ever-growing numbers" of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, implied Trump, were compromising national security and lowering the nation's quality of life. Blaming Clinton for this status quo, he noted that the former first lady sanctioned these policies during her tenure as Secretary of State
"The burden is on Hillary Clinton to tell us why we should admit anyone into our country who supports violence of any kind against gay and lesbian Americans," said Trump, criticizing Clinton's proposals to admit hundreds of thousands of new Muslim immigrants and refugees.
Trump concluded by calling for immigration policy oriented towards preserving American values, while describing Clinton's immigration and refugee policy proposals as serving the interests of "political interests" and "special interest groups."
"Who is really the friend of women and the LGBT community? Hillary Clinton with words or Donald Trump with actions?" asked Trump rhetorically, highlighting Clinton's support for the admission of hundreds of thousands and eventually millions of Muslim immigrants and refugees, among whom Islamic terrorists would be included
"They enslave women, and they murder gays," said Trump of Islamic terrorists and their supporters. "I don't want them in our country."
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