Trump’s new ideological immigration test would ban GOP & Evangelicals

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to announce today a new “ideological admissions test” for immigrants.

The test would include quizzing immigrants as to their views on “religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights.”

Under Trump’s new immigration plan, border agents would also comb through prospective immigrants’ social media feeds.

Oh where to begin.

First off, under this proposal, Donald Trump, most of the GOP, and his Evangelical base would be banned from entering the US.

Heck, Trump wouldn’t even pass the social media test.

And what makes Trump think that people are going to be honest about their views when quizzed by immigration?

Now, there’s an argument to be made that these ridiculous questions can still be useful — if necessary, they can be used against you at a later date. For example, when you get a security clearance, at least in the past, they would ask if you every planned to overthrow the US government. And while everyone says “no,” if at a future date you ever do plan to do it, they’ve now got you lying on a federal form, which entails other legal penalties. So, the initial immigration interview, even if one lies, could provide fodder for going after the immigrant on other charges at a later date.

But putting all of that aside for a moment, I can’t wait until the religious right rings Trump up today to have a little chat about the pro-gay immigration requirement. None of them would be getting in to the country under Trump’s new test.

Finally, there’s the point someone made on Twitter that people didn’t necessarily arrive at Ellis Island with “American values” already in tow. They learned those values by living in America.

And of course, the ultimate irony is that anyone embracing Trump’s Muslim ban would be banned under this new policy!

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9 Responses to “Trump’s new ideological immigration test would ban GOP & Evangelicals”

  1. KramYallniff says:

    Let me get this straight Trump wants to put in place safeguards to ensure those coming into this country SUPPORT gay rights, woman rights, and religious tolerance and everyone thinks this is a bad idea… what planet am i living on. You don’t have to like the guy but this is a good idea, the details will have to be sorted out but it’s a good start. I don’t want to see another Orlando massacre and this is just one hurdle to keep those out that think it is their gods will to kill gays.

  2. Jackieabautista1 says:

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  3. goulo says:

    The linked article just says “an ideological admissions test that would question potential immigrants on positions such as religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights”.

    It doesn’t actually say WHICH positions on these issues are required to be admitted. So perhaps his intention is that testees must be AGAINST gay rights and gender equality and religious freedom (for non-Christians), so his supporters would pass the test OK… :)

  4. BeccaM says:

    Trump’s stupid new idea is, as usual, pure distilled idiocy — and a further demonstration that neither he nor his people have any frickin’ clue what goes on in the currently established immigration screening process!

    Remember, Trump seems to think the U.S. immigration screening consists only of the question, “Do you want to come in and be a citizen eventually? Okay, you’re good. Next!”

    That isn’t how it works at all. First of all, there already is reams of paperwork to fill out. Some of this is indeed intended to elicit from someone why they want to come to America and what their intentions are. Then there are the background checks, which are as thorough. Criminal history checks. Financial background checks. They check on your known family, friends, and associates — because, y’know, you might’ve lied in your paperwork.

    And all this is very, very time-consuming. It can take years before one is approved even for temporary residency, never mind permanent status. And guess what? If you do want to become a citizen, you have to go through the process yet again.

    But hey, none of this fits with Trump’s bag-of-hammers ignorant narrative that America’s borders are open and immigrants are pouring in, able to become citizens without the least effort. So he comes up with something that is both less effective than what we already have and, of course, it’s bigoted and dumb as all hell, in that yes, most of his own hard-core supporters wouldn’t even pass it.

  5. Niblet58 says:

    Who does he think he is Henry VIII?

  6. Phil in FLL says:

    I remember a few things about immigrating to the Netherlands. The Dutch government does not have any questionnaire—as you say, people can always lie on a questionnaire. However, the Dutch government does show prospective immigrants videos of all the different aspects of living in the Netherlands, so that immigrants understand what to expect from life in their new country. Those orientation videos include material that shows immigrants the very open Dutch gay/lesbian community.

  7. Demosthenes says:

    Can we force the Donald and his followers to take the test and then retroactively kick them out?

  8. Why stop at immigrants? There may be SLEEPER CELLS already in place! OMG…we have to go door-to-door and administer these tests to EVERYBODY!

    Why is it the fools on the right have ABSOLUTELY NO CLUE as to what really constitute American values, much less what’s in the Constitution?

  9. Colin says:

    [ chuckle ] The radical right might not like it but the for profit prison companies are hoping for a windfall.

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