‘US should pro­file Mus­lims’

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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

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FAC­ING THE NA­TION: Don­ald Trump’s com­ments once again sin­gle out Mus­lims

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