Trump Calls For Immigrant Tests, End To Nation Building


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump detailed some of his foreign policy goals, including an end to nation building and ideological tests to screen people applying for visas to enter the U.S.

In a speech to be delivered in Youngstown, Ohio, Trump will call for what he describes as “foreign policy realism,” which would limit how much the U.S. helps rebuild other nations and instead focus efforts on destroying terrorist organizations. It also involves working with any country that shares U.S. national security interests, even if there are other points of disagreement.

"Mr. Trump's speech will explain that while we can't choose our friends, we must always recognize our enemies," Trump senior policy adviser Stephen Miller said, according to The Associated Press.

The approach sounds like a call for more cooperation with Russia, whose military is currently working with the Syrian government to fight ISIS and other terrorist organizations in Syria. The U.S. military is also in Syria to fight ISIS, but is not working with Syrian government -- and therefore not with Russia -- because of disagreements on human rights.

In November 2015, President Barack Obama said Syrian President Bashar Assad must go.

“The reason is not simply because of my opinion of him,” Obama said, according to The Wall Street Journal. “It is because it is unimaginable that you can stop the civil war here when the overwhelming majority of people in Syria consider him to be a brutal, murderous dictator.”

But U.S. and Russian forces could start working together, according to CBS News, which could end up giving Trump's proposal some legitimacy.

In his speech, Trump will also call for ideological tests to determine if immigrants entering the U.S. share American values, such as religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights. In addition to the tests, Trump wants a more stringent screening process, which would involve searching applicants' social media and interviewing their friends and family to determine if they are a potential threat to American safety.

"Mr. Trump will outline his vision for defeating radical Islamic terrorism, and explain how the policies of Obama-Clinton are responsible for the rise of ISIS and the spread of barbarism that has taken the lives of so many," Miller said, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Sources: AP, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News / Photo credit: Flickr

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