‘US should profile Muslims’
Donald Trump is suggesting the United States should “seriously” consider profiling Muslims inside the country as a terrorism-fighting tool, the latest example of the Republican presidential nomineein-waiting increasingly backing positions that could single out a group based on its religion. “We really have to look at profiling,” Trump said in an interview broadcast on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday. “It’s not the worst thing to do.” The presumptive Republican presidential nominee added that he “hate[s] the concept of profiling, but we have to use common sense” over “political correctness”. Trump’s proposal runs counter to Justice Department policy, which explicitly prohibits profiling on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity and national origin. That profiling ban applies not only to federal agents but also to local law enforcement officers who participate in federal task forces. Trump’s increasing embrace of policies that could isolate Muslims in America is extraordinary for a candidate assured of his party’s presidential nomination. The proposals have been roundly dismissed and criticised by many Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan. Civil libertarians, Muslims and others also have strongly disagreed, arguing that profiling is unconstitutional and often constitutes unlawful discrimination based on race, religion
and other factors.
FACING THE NATION: Donald Trump’s comments once again single out Muslims