An Australian senator proposed a Muslim immigration ban Wednesday, taking a page out of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s playbook in her first speech since winning re-election to the Parliament.
“I call for stopping further Muslim immigration and banning the burqa as they have done in many countries around the world,” Pauline Hanson told Parliament. “No more mosques and schools should be built and those that already exist should be monitored in regard to what they are teaching until the present crisis is over.”
Hanson founded the anti-immigration One Nation party, warning decades ago Australia was in danger of being “swamped by Asians,” reports The Wall Street Journal. Some outraged fellow senators walked out during her speech.
Hanson referenced the earlier comment and doubled down, saying the country is now in danger of being “swamped” by Muslims: “This was not said out of disrespect for Asians but was meant as a slap in the face to both the Liberal and Labor governments who opened the floodgates to immigration, targeting cultures purely for the vote … to such an extent that society changed too rapidly due to migrants coming in the front door but also the back door, New Zealand. Now we are in danger of being swamped by Muslims, who bear a culture and ideology that is incompatible with our own.”
Trump also called for a ban on Muslim immigration early on in his candidacy, although he quickly modified the ban to include all immigrants from countries “compromised” by terror.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” his initial proposal said.
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