At a campaign event held in Iowa, former President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for the ideological screening of immigrants and the refusal of refugees from Gaza. Trump, well-known for his controversial travel ban, underscored his commitment to its reinstatement, arguing that the nation had "no choice" but to do so.
Does Donald Trump enjoy spending time defending unconstitutional laws?
"We will implement strong ideological screening for all immigrants to the United States"
This pushes way beyond the bounds of presidential powers…. even for him. pic.twitter.com/V3QoR8ks96
— American Bridge 21st Century (@American_Bridge) October 16, 2023
During his address, Trump emphasized his past actions to halt refugee resettlement and ban refugees from perilous countries such as Syria and Somalia. He voiced his intent to broaden these bans during a potential second term, citing security concerns and the perceived threat from individuals seeking to "harm our country." Trump firmly stated, "We won't admit individuals from Gaza, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, or any other place that poses a security risk."
In light of the recent Israel-Gaza conflict, Trump criticized U.S. protesters advocating for the Palestinian cause, characterizing them as "barbarians." He pledged to deploy immigration agents to such protests to identify and deport anyone discovered to be in the country illegally. Trump stressed the necessity of maintaining order, asserting that "no nation can tolerate" the presence of such demonstrators.
Furthermore, Trump promised to take action against demonstrations with pro-jihadist elements, deploying ICE to uphold immigration laws and remove those in violation. He accused these protesters of receiving support from radical left-wing organizations and underscored his dedication to ensuring the safety of Jewish schoolchildren in America.
The campaign event provided Trump with an opportunity to revisit key themes from his 2016 campaign, including the travel ban, which had not been extensively discussed in his current campaign until now.