Former US President Donald Trump has once again made headlines with his recent declarations at a campaign rally in Derry, New Hampshire.
Trump, who is eyeing a return to the White House in 2024, vowed to reinstate travel bans and introduce “ideological screenings” for immigrants if he is re-elected.
Drawing attention to his vision for America’s immigration policies, Trump stated, “I will implement strong ideological screening of all immigrants. If you hate America, if you want to abolish Israel, if you don’t like our religion — which a lot of them don’t — if you sympathize with jihadists, then we don’t want you in our country.” He emphasized that those who do not align with these views would not be granted entry into the US.
The former president did not hold back in his criticism of the current Biden administration. He blamed them for the perceived increase in illegal migrants crossing into the US and the recent upheavals in the Middle East, particularly the conflict in Gaza. Trump asserted, “The responsibility for the current upheaval in the Middle East lies with the Biden administration.”
Furthermore, Trump highlighted the worsening situation at the southern border since his departure from office. Linking this to the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, he expressed his intent to reintroduce travel bans if he returns to power. “A vote for President Trump is a vote to secure the border and is a vote to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country,” he proclaimed.
In addition to his proposed policies, Trump took a moment to reflect on his previous travel ban, stating, “Remember when they said, ‘Oh, that’s so vicious,’ but it kept us safe.” He also criticized President Joe Biden’s handling of the situation in the Middle East, particularly pointing out decisions related to Iran.
It’s worth noting that the United States does not have an official religion, a fact that stands in contrast to Trump’s remarks about immigrants and their views on “our religion.”
As the 2024 election approaches, these statements from Trump provide a clear indication of the direction he intends to take if he secures a second term in office. (AA)