The Corner

Where Does Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Now Stand?

In his speech earlier this week, Trump appeared to be changing the substance of his temporary ban on Muslims’ entering the United States, switching from a religious to a geographic test.

When I’m elected I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there’s a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies until we fully understand how to end these threats. After a full …

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Thank you.

And by the way we have no choice. After a full and partial and long — really long overdue security assessment we will develop a responsible immigration policy that serves the interests and values of America.

If we are to understand this as a replacement for his original proposal to ask would-be entrants if they are Muslim and turn away those who say yes, it seems to me (as it does to Larry Kudlow) to be an improvement. But it’s also a pretty big shift away from a proposal that was crucial to Trump’s success in the primaries.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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