US POLITICS

Donald Trump Hits New Low With Calls For ‘Muslim Ban’

The GOP frontrunner called for a ban on all Muslims entering the country on Monday

Dec 07, 2015 at 8:29 PM ET

Donald Trump called for a complete ban on Muslims entering the U.S. on Monday, in a startling new low for a campaign that has spouted increasingly anti-Islamic rhetoric for weeks.

Trump would stop both Muslims seeking immigration visas and tourists looking to enter the country on a temporary basis, calling for a “total and complete shutdown.” His remarks prompted immediate outrage from all corners, including from other Republicans who’ve been so far slow to criticize the frontrunner. Obama’s national security adviser Ben Rhodes called the proposal “totally contrary to our values as Americans,” noting freedom of religion is codified in the Bill of Rights. Jeb Bush said it shows that Trump is “unhinged” and Chris Christie said it showed that Trump is unfit to lead.

Today, calling for discrimination on the basis of religion is the kind of extreme rhetoric more often seen from hate groups than the leading candidate from a major party. But, America’s history of immigration is clouded with dark spots of restrictions based on race, religion and other categories. Anti-Asian sentiment led to bans on immigration that persisted into the twentieth century. Later, the Cold War led to larger U.S. restrictions on specific immigration populations. More recently, sweeping policy reform along the Mexican border in the nineties has led to controversial and sometimes absolutist stances from politicians—just ask Trump himself.

Here’s a rundown on the America’s sad history of racist immigration policies.