Welcome, Guest! - or
Easy to remember!  »  VinNews.com

Youngstown, OH - Trump Calls For 'Extreme Vetting' Of Immigration Applicants

Published on: August 15, 2016 04:30 PM
By: AP
Change text size Text Size  
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Youngstown, OH - Donald Trump called Monday for “extreme vetting” of immigrants seeking admission to the United States, vowing to block those who sympathize with extremist groups or don’t embrace American values. He said the policy would first require a temporary halt in immigration from dangerous regions of the world.

Speaking in swing state Ohio, Trump also said his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton lacks the “mental and physical stamina” to take on the Islamic State. He said destroying the terror group would be the centerpiece of his foreign policy and he would partner with any countries that share that goal — specifically singling out Russia as a nation the U.S. could have a better relationship with.


“Any country that shares this goal will be our allies,” Trump said. “We can never choose our friends, but we can never fail to recognize our enemies.”

Ahead of Trump’s address, Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden vigorously challenged the Republican nominee’s preparedness to be commander in chief. Biden called Trump’s views “dangerous” and “un-American” and warned that Trump’s false assertions last week about President Obama founding the Islamic State could be used by extremists to target American service members in Iraq.

“The threat to their life has gone up a couple clicks,” he said.

While Trump has been harshly critical of Obama’s handling of the threat posed by the Islamic State, his own policies for defeating the group remain vague. His most specific prescriptions centered on changing U.S. immigration policy to keep potential attackers from entering the country.

Trump’s campaign aides said the new ideological test for admission to the United States would vet applicants for their stance on issues like religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights. The government would use questionnaires, social media, interviews with friends and family or other means to determine if applicants support American values like tolerance and pluralism. The U.S. would stop issuing visas in any case where it cannot perform adequate screenings.

Trump did not clarify how U.S. officials would assess the veracity of responses to the questionnaires or how much manpower it would require to complete such arduous vetting. Nor did the campaign say whether additional screenings would apply to the millions of tourists who spend billions of dollars visiting the United States each year.

The Republican nominee’s foreign policy address comes during a rocky stretch for his campaign. He’s struggled to stay on message and has consistently overshadowed his policy rollouts, including an economic speech last week, with provocative statements, including his comments falsely declaring that Obama was the “founder” of the Islamic State.

Trump spent much of the speech building a case that Obama and Clinton are to blame for the creation of the terror group that has roiled the Middle East and carried out attacks in the West. He specifically highlighted the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in late 2011, arguing the move created a vacuum for terror groups to thrive.

Reiterating a favorite criticism of Republicans, Trump also panned the Obama administration for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” to describe sympathizers.

Obama, Clinton and top U.S. officials have warned against using that kind of language to describe the conflict, arguing that it plays into militants’ hands.

Trump’s immigration proposals were the latest version of a policy that began with his unprecedented call to temporarily bar foreign Muslims from entering the country — a religious test that was criticized across party lines as un-American. Following a massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June, Trump introduced a new standard, vowing to “suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we fully understand how to end these threats.”

That proposal raised numerous questions that the campaign never clarified, including whether it would apply to citizens of countries like France, Israel, or Ireland, which have suffered recent and past attacks. Trump had promised to release his list of “terror countries” soon. But aides say the campaign needs access to unreleased Department of Homeland Security data to assess exactly where the most serious threats lie.

More of today's headlines

New York - Hundreds of mourners gathered in New York City on Monday for the outdoor funeral for a Muslim imam and his associate who were gunned down over the weekend, as... Milwaukee - The city of Milwaukee imposed a 10 p.m. curfew on Monday in an attempt to quell rioting that erupted the previous two nights in response to the police...



Read Comments (7)  —  Post Yours »


 Aug 15, 2016 at 05:05 PM puppydogs Says:

This is another reason why he has my vote


 Aug 15, 2016 at 05:36 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

"Halt immigration from dangerous regions" like Israel? Wow? When the Airlines halted flights for a day to and from Tel Aviv many were upset.


 Aug 15, 2016 at 05:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Is Israel considered dangerous region? 100.000 Hezbolah Missiles pointed on us?


 Aug 15, 2016 at 05:41 PM Realistic Says:

Trump sees an oversimplified world, the only thread to the US interests is "ISIS", and any relationship should be weight by "are against them (which everyone is) or for them".

What about hezbollah? since they are against ISIS should we work with them? Oh I forgot, Iran is also against ISIS!!
In reality, who isn't really against them (besides Obama and Clinton)?


 Aug 15, 2016 at 05:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Does his Syria plan include capturing their wealths? (The spoils of war which belongs to the victor)

Would he split 50/50 with Putin? are we back into medieval times?


 Aug 15, 2016 at 09:53 PM yaakov doe Says:

Was his grandfather vetted? How about the 3rd and current wife? Enough of his broad generalities and absurd claims. How about clear policy statements?


 Aug 15, 2016 at 10:11 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
ayinglefunadorf Says:

"Halt immigration from dangerous regions" like Israel? Wow? When the Airlines halted flights for a day to and from Tel Aviv many were upset.

What a stupid comment. Anything else bright you have to say?


to post a comment

Click here to sign-in.

Scroll Up
Sell your scrap gold and broken jewelry and earn hard cash sell gold today!