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I propose different policy; curtail all immigration

Reader comment on item: Trump: You Should Ban Islamists, Not Muslims

Submitted by Stuart Fagin (United States), Jan 5, 2016 at 02:04

Dr. Pipes advocates a policy that rests immigration decisions on a Muslim applicant's political rather than religious orientation. He references a 2003 article in which he proposes seven categories of questions meant to distinguish the Islamist Muslim from the non-Islamist Muslim. Although the policy and the questions are well thought out, there is reason to be troubled.

The Obama administration cannot be trusted to carry out this sort of vetting properly. They claim that they can make the necessary distinctions with high certainty, even while their key security officials assert the opposite. Moreover, they will be keen on facilitating immigration and will surely staff the process with like-minded individuals. The acceptance bar would be very low.

A better policy is to severely limit immigration across the board; for Muslim and non-Muslim alike. This allows us to satisfy security concerns while avoided connotations of religious discrimination. As an added benefit, this policy will also address the labor problems caused by the administrations expansion of the H1-B program.


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