What is Trump actually proposing and why?

Donald Trump’s proposal on Muslim immigration has been denounced just about everywhere, its author the object of some of the most scurrilous ad homimen attacks directed at any public person in recent memory. As usual, the mainstream media has led the pack — while carefully avoiding repeating what Trump has actually proposed or providing any explanation of why he might have made his proposal.

Herewith the text of the actual proposal as carried in a Trump press release dated December 7, 2015.

DONALD J. TRUMP STATEMENT ON PREVENTING MUSLIM IMMIGRATION

(New York, NY) December 7th, 2015, — 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. According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing “25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad” and 51% of those polled, “agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah.” Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.

Mr. Trump stated, “Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life. If I win the election for President, we are going to Make America Great Again.” – Donald J. Trump

To note

  • Trump has not/not called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States.
  • He has called for a temporary “shutdown … until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.

Context

  • Trump’s proposal followed by five days the Islamist terrorist attack in San Bernadino on December 2 in which 14 people were killed and 24 injured.
  • The perpetrators were a US-born Muslim of Pakistani origin and his Pakistani-born Muslim wife who had immigrated to the United States in 2014.
  • The FBI were investigating the incident as a case of Islamist terrorism, but not one directed by any Islamist organization.
  • The President of the United States could offer no explanation as to why the killers “had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West”.
  • Nor could the President offer any assurance that the measures being taken (he announced no new measures) would prevent a repetition.
  • Meanwhile, polling data suggests some 25% of the Muslim population of the United States believes violence against Americans is justified as a part of the global jihad.
  • In France and Britain, people have been asking whether they are expected to accept terrorist attacks as the “new normal” or whether their governments are going to take action to put an end to them.

One more thing

Foreigners have no right of entry. All countries, including Canada, have the sovereign right to deny entry to any person for any reason in the national interest. Temporary restrictions on entry are common, for instance to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Under US law (8 USC §1182):

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. 

According to recent trends, some one million new Muslim-origin immigrants are expected to be admitted to the United States over the next decade, along with hundreds of thousands of Muslim guest workers and foreign students.

The mission of the Vimy Report is to inject new information that will raise the quality of public discussion on security and defence issues, to do so with impact, and thereby to educate and influence the ultimate decision-makers: citizens and their elected representatives.

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