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Trump Adviser Calls For Muslim Registry

| by Ray Brown

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said President-elect Donald Trump are considering a registry for Muslim immigrants.

Kobach was an architect of anti-immigrant laws and has been described as an immigration “hardliner” who is a possible Attorney General pick for Trump, according to Reuters.

Trump has expressed interest in implementing a religion-based database, which was an idea first put forth by President George W. Bush, according to Fusion.

“Muslims were targeted by using a convenient proxy characteristic: national origin,” according to a U.S. Senate hearing on "ending Racial Profiling in America."

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According to Fusion, the South Asian organizing group DRUM has said that “few of our leftover War On Terror domestic policies are as explicitly anti-Muslim as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System.”

On the campaign trail, Trump said he would implement such a program as president.

"I would certainly implement that. Absolutely," Trump said in Newton, Iowa, in November 2015, according to NBC News. "There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases," he added. "We should have a lot of systems."

Other Republican candidates during the primary criticized Trump's stance, including former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, who said the idea originally attributed to his brother was "just wrong."

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"You talk about internment, you talk about closing mosques, you talk about registering people. That's just wrong. I don't care about campaigns," Jeb Bush said, reported NBC News. "It's not a question of toughness. It's to manipulate people's angst and their fears. That's not strength, that's weakness."

Sources: NBC News, Reuters, Fusion / Photo credit: ICE via Wikimedia Commons

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