Donald Trump’s administration plans to start vetting would-be immigrants and visitors to the United States based partly on their opinions and ideology.
His proposed ban on Muslims was abhorrent and awful. What he has now proposed is more reasonable.
The draft order instructs the US government to screen visa applicants for their ideologies.
“In order to protect Americans, we must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward our country and its founding principles,” or do not support the Constitution, the draft order reads.
The order says the United States should screen visa applicants to block access to those “who would place violent religious edicts over American law” and those who “engage in acts of bigotry or hatred” including “honour” killings, violence against women, and persecution on the basis of religion, race, gender and sexual orientation, a description that human rights groups say also appears to be geared toward Muslims, without naming Islam explicitly.
I don’t see those as unreasonable criteria.