Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner has called for a "total and complete" ban on Muslims entering the United States. A statement from Trump's campaign team said the halt on Muslims entering the country should remain in place "until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
However, the statement does not specify if the proposal would affect both tourists and immigrants. Trump's campaign cites poll data allegedly showing "hatred toward Americans by large segments of the Muslim population". "Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine," the billionaire real estate mogul, who is leading in opinion polls among likely Republican voters, said in the statement. "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."
Since the ghastly Paris attacks, and again in the wake of last week's mass shooting attack in California, which was carried out by a Muslim and couple, leaving 14 dead and 21 wounded, Trump has been increasingly virulent in his remarks targeting Muslim Americans. "Just put out a very important policy statement on the extraordinary influx of hatred & danger coming into our country. We must be vigilant!" Trump tweeted after the statement was released.
Trumps announcement unleashed quick condemnation on Twitter. "@realdonaldtrump removes all doubt: he is running for President as a fascist demagogue," Democratic presidential contender Martin O'Malley said. The Council on American-Islamic Relations group said: "We're entering into the realm of the fascist now."