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Trump To Propose Ideological Test For All Potential Immigrants

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is expected to propose a political test for all immigrants wanting to come to the United States in order to assess their views on American values.

Immigration candidates would be tested on their position on issues such as religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights, reports the Associated Press. In addition to having the immigrants fill out questionaires, immigration officials would review their social media accounts and interview friends and family in order to determine whether they support “American values like tolerance and pluralism.”

Trump is expected to propose the plan in a foreign policy speech Monday afternoon in Ohio, where he will also address his plan to fight the Islamic State and outline what he describes as “foreign policy realism” that will put an end to nation building abroad. Any country willing to fight Islamic terrorism would be considered a U.S. ally in his presidency, regardless of other disagreements that country might have with the U.S.

“Mr. Trump’s speech will explain that while we can’t choose our friends, we must always recognize our enemies,” Stephen Miller, Trump senior policy adviser, told the AP.

Trump made big waves early on in his campaign when he proposed to ban all Muslim immigrants from entering the country. Since then, he has adjusted his proposal to a temporary ban on all immigrants from countries designated a security threat, such as war-torn Syria. (RELATED: Here’s How Trump Could Legally Justify A Muslim Ban)

“As he laid out in his Orlando remarks, Mr. Trump will describe the need to temporarily suspend visa issuances to geographic regions with a history of exporting terrorism and where adequate checks and background vetting cannot occur,” Miller told the AP.

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