The Senate Minority Leader, Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, has preemptively blasted GOP nominee Donald Trump's proposal to institute ideological tests for U.S. visa applicants.
On August 15, Trump is scheduled to deliver a foreign policy address in Ohio, outlining how his potential administration would forge alliances, combat terrorism and approach immigration.
The business mogul is expected to propose suspending visas to applicants who cannot be adequately screened. He will also propose questionnaires and screenings to determine whether or not applicants ideologically belong in U.S. society, the Associated Press reports.
The Trump campaign has stated that such measures will be necessary in curbing the rise of terrorism, arguing that a Trump administration would tackle organizations such as the Islamic State group (ISIS) in ways similar to those used by the U.S. against the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Hours before Trump was set to deliver his speech, Sen. Reid issued an official statement slamming the business mogul’s immigration policies, deeming them to be unpatriotic.
“Since Donald Trump wants to impose new tests on immigrants, he should take the one test every immigrant has to pass to become a United States citizen,” Reid said, according to Politico. “He would almost certainly fail, given his general ignorance and weak grasp of basic facts about American history, principles and functioning of our government.”
The Senate Minority Leader continued, “The fact is, Donald Trump is nothing more than a spoiled, unpatriotic drain on society who has earned nothing and helped no one.”
Reid noted that he has attended dozens of naturalization ceremonies throughout his political career and has a profound appreciation of immigrants.
“Immigrants work hard to get here and become Americans, while Trump inherited everything from his father and works hardest at Tweeting insults and ripping off hard-working people with two-bit scams,” Reid said.
The Nevada senator concluded “Immigrants make America great. Trump makes America small, petty and mean.”
Trump’s stance on immigration hit another controversy after newly unearthed modeling photographs of his wife, Melania Trump, called into question whether or not she had violated the conditions of her visa in 1995. At the time, her visa did not grant her permission to work in the U.S., CNN reports.
On August 9, Trump announced that his spouse would be addressing the allegations within weeks.
“They said my wife, Melania, might have come in illegally,” Trump told his supporters in North Carolina. “Can you believe that one? Let me tell you one thing. She has got it so documented, so she’s going to have a little news conference over the next couple of weeks.”