Despite drawing criticism from both sides of the aisle, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday reaffirmed his call for a database of Syrian refugees:
On ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” the Republican frontrunner called for surveillance of U.S. mosques and the creation of a database of Syrian refugees in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris. And Trump again would not rule out creating a registry for all Muslims.
“Are you unequivocally now ruling out a database on all Muslims?” asked Stephanopoulos.
“No, not at all,” Trump said before reiterating his plan for a database to track Syrian refugees accepted into the United States.
“We have no idea who these people are,” Trump said. “When the Syrian refugees are going to start pouring into this country, we don’t know if they’re ISIS, we don’t know if it’s a Trojan horse. And I definitely want a database and other checks and balances. We want to go with watch lists. We want to go with databases.”
Trump also called for the “surveillance of certain mosques.” According to the Clarion Project, there are more than 80 radical mosques in the U.S. whose leaders “have radicalized attendees to become terrorists, supported terrorist organizations, made radical Islamist remarks or hosted others that have, or are financially backed by radical individuals or organizations.” And although they may not admit it out loud, many Americans agree with Trump on this point; a recentRasmussen poll found that a staggering 92% of likely voters believe radical Islamic terrorism poses a serious threat to the United States.
It’s safe to assume that a number of the Syrian refugees admitted into the country will find their way to those radical mosques.