President-elect Donald Trump proposed a registry of American Muslims in 2015, while he was still a candidate in the Republican primary. Many vehemently disagreed, noting the constitutional and political abuses of such overreach, especially on the basis of religion. Kris Kobach, Trump adviser and Kansas secretary of state, informed Reuters that a national database was still on the table, specifically for immigrants from Muslim countries and individuals with ties to terror.
Republican National Committee chairman and incoming Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus spoke with Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to discuss the controversial proposal, as well as Gen. Michael Flynn’s appointment as National Security Adviser following a tweet that stated, “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL.”
Priebus informed Todd that nothing was off the table just yet:
I’m not going to rule out anything, but we’re not going to have a registry based on a religion. But what I think we’re trying to do is say that there are some people — certainly not all people — there are some people that are radicalized and there are some people that have to be prevented from from coming into this country.
Priebus defended Trump’s position on immigration. He compared it to many House and Senate bills that already say, “if you want to come from a place or area around the world that harbors and trains terrorists, we have to temporarily suspend that operation until a better vetting system is put in place.”
Todd asked Priebus whether or not Trump would agree with Flynn’s tweet. Priebus said that Trump believed “no faith in and of itself should be judged as a whole,” but that “there are some people abroad that need to be prevented from coming into this country.”
In keeping with his other controversial statements, Trump had also proposed a ban of immigration from Muslims following the deadly December terrorist attack in San Bernardino. Just after, Trump clarified the ban would be “temporary.” He has since reinforced his support for a ban and called for surveillance of Muslim communities after the Brussels terror attack in March.