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Muslim AmericansTrump: Muslim Americans may be required to carry special ID noting their religion

Published 20 November 2015

Donald Trump said he would not rule out entering all Muslim Americans in a database or giving them “a special form of identification that noted their religion.” Trump told the interviewer that he would consider warrantless searches of Muslims and increased surveillance of mosques. “We’re going to have to do things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago,” Trump said.

Donald Trump said he would not rule out entering all Muslim Americans in a database or giving them “a special form of identification that noted their religion.” Yahoo News reports Trump made the comments in in an interview with Yahoo News.

“We’re going to have to do things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago,” Trump said.

“Some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule.”

Trump told the interviewer that he would consider warrantless searches of Muslims and increased surveillance of mosques.

“Certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy,” he said.

In response to a question from the interviewer whether this might mean registering all Muslim Americans in a database or making them carry a form of special ID which noted their religion, Trump said he would not rule it out.

“We’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely,” Trump said. “We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”

In a speech earlier this week, Trump praised a now-discontinued program by the NYPD to keep Muslim neighborhoods, mosques, and community centers in New York and New Jersey under surveillance, and said he would consider former NYPD police commissioner Ray Kelly, who led that program, for a cabinet position.