TRUMP: Stop all Muslim immigration

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Real-estate mogul Donald Trump released a statement on Monday calling for the US government to bar all Muslim immigrants until the terrorist "problem" is under control.

"Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on," his campaign statement said.

Trump's campaign pointed to a poll from Center for Security Policy, a think tank founded by Frank Gaffney, a fierce critic of Islam. That survey claims a "significant" minority of American Muslims support radical views.
"Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine," Trump said in a statement.

"Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life," he continued. "If I win the election for President, we are going to Make America Great Again."

Trump is no stranger to campaign-trail controversies related to Islam, including his apparent openness to a database of American Muslims and his disputed claim that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered as the World Trade Center buildings collapsed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

But Trump's campaign has thrived off of the controversies and the Republican front-runner frequently denounces political correctness.

His latest statement came after last week's mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, which left 14 people dead. The FBI said the two shooters had "self-radicalized," and one of them allegedly pledged allegediance to the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS.Last Thursday, Trump said the shooting "looks like another Islamic disaster."

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