Donald Trump hints at Muslim ban ‘expansion,’ rejecting Syrian refugees

July 24, 2016 9:00 pm

Republican presidential
nominee addresses delegates at the Republican National
Convention, in Cleveland, Ohio, July 21, 2016. (AFP photo)

US Republican presidential
nominee Donald Trump says the recently-announced revisions to his
proposed ban on Muslims entering America are an ‘expansion’ of the
initial idea and do not mean it is scrapped.

Trump
announced the controversial ban during the primary contests in December,
after a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.
However,
after facing heavy backlash, he said the ban was only meant for people
entering the US from countries “compromised by terrorism.”
 “I
actually don’t think it’s a rollback. In fact, you could say it’s an
expansion,” the New York businessman told NBC on Sunday.
“I’m
looking now at territory,” he said. “People were so upset when I used
the word Muslim. Oh, you can’t use the word Muslim. Remember this. And
I’m OK with that, because I’m talking territory instead of Muslim.”
Trump said he would send immigrants through an “extreme vetting” process to determine their eligibility to enter the country.
“We’re
going to have tough standards,” he said. “And if a person can’t prove …
that they’re from an area, and if a person can’t prove what they have
to be able to prove, they’re not coming into this country.
The
real estate mogul, who eliminated more than a dozen candidates and was
elected as the GOP nominee over the weekend, said was one of the
territories he would not accept any immigrants from.
“I would stop the Syrian migration and a Syrian from coming into this country in two seconds,” he asserted.
This
is while earlier in July, US Secretary of State John Kerry had
reaffirmed Washington’s plans to resettle some 10,000 Syrian refugees in
America.
Obama first announced the plan last September and ordered the State Department to take in 1,500 Syrian refugees each month.
Trump
had previously claimed that “a lot” of Syrians accepted for asylum in
the US are members of the Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri terrorist group which,
along with other foreign-backed militant groups, have been wreaking
havoc in Syria since 2011.
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