During a speech at Youngstown State University, Donald Trump laid out his plan to fight radical Islam within our own borders, including this controversial measure:
If you’re a visitor to our country and “preach hate” you “will be asked to return home immediately.”
Trump says “Political correctness has replaced common sense in our society,” but also says that under his administration visitors to the country who “preach hate” will be asked to leave. Who will be deciding what that means?
Watch the relevant portion of Trump’s speech below (transcript follows):
“To accomplish a goal you must state a mission. To support networks for radical Islam in this country will be stripped out and removed one by one viciously if necessary. Viciously, if necessary. Immigration officers will also have their powers restored. Those who are guest in our country that are preaching hate will be asked to return home immediately and if they don’t do it we will return them them. To make America great again. We will rely on international consensus. That is what we must have to defeat radical, Islamic terrorism. [Applause] But you say like we couldn’t defeat communism without acknowledging it exists or explaining its horrible evils we cannot defeat radical Islamic terrorism unless we do the exact same thing. We have to explain that it exists and explain the difficulties. We have to have a leader that can do that and we don’t have that now.”[Applause]
I’m not sure what would qualify as a “guest” – Is it someone looking to become a citizen, an illegal immigrant or even a legal immigrant.
It’s dicey water to tread. It’s one thing for the common folk to tell someone preaching hatred of America that ‘if you don’t like our country, get the hell out.’
It’s another thing entirely if you’re forcibly removed over hateful words.
What do you think?