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Trump Calls For ‘Ideological Screening Test’ Of Immigrants

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Republican nominee Donald Trump called for a political screening of immigrants seeking to enter the U.S. from certain countries in a foreign policy speech Monday, saying the U.S. should only admit “those who share our values and respect our people.”

“In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test,” Trump said. “The time is overdue to develop a new screening test. I call it extreme vetting.” His proposal would include questionnaires and a review of immigrants’ social media accounts, as well as interviews of their friends and family.

Anyone found to have a “hostile attitudes” toward the U.S., “or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law,” should not be admitted as immigrants, Trump said. “Those who do not believe in our constitution or who support bigotry and hatred will not be admitted for immigration into our country. Only those who we expect to flourish in our country and to embrace a tolerant american society should be issued visas.” (RELATED: Here’s How Trump Could Legally Justify A Muslim Ban)

He went on to reiterate his proposal to temporarily ban all immigration from countries deemed to pose a threat to the U.S., including Syria. “To put these new procedures in place we will have to temporarily suspend immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism,” he said. “Not for us. Not for us.”

In addition to ideological concerns, Trump said immigration has to be suspended from some countries because the system is overloaded with immigrants, and “there is no way” adequate screening can take place.

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