The article originally appeared on India Today.
Here it is a bit modified and extended.
The US President elect Donald Trump yesterday tweeted his mind about refugees in the US and it looks ominous, reaffirming the fear that a Trump presidency will be hostile to refugees and immigrants in the US.
The tweet was about the Ohio State University attack by a US resident of the Somali origin which left 11 injured. Abdule Razak Ali Artan, the attacker who went on a stabbing rampage, was later shot dead. ISIS has claimed the attack calling the attacker its soldier.
Donald Trump’s tweet says, “ISIS is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at Ohio State University by a Somali refugee who should not have been in our country.”
Mark the words, “who should not have been in our country’.
Just two days before the presidential polls on November 8, Trump had claimed in a Minnesota rally that Somali immigrants were behind Minnesota’s problems.
He had said, “Here in Minnesota, you’ve seen first-hand the problems caused with faulty refugee vetting, with very large numbers of Somali refugees coming into your state without your knowledge, without your support or approval. Some of them are joining Isis and spreading their extremist views all over our country and all over the world.”
Trump saw no wrong when his son used the term ‘poisoned skittles’ for Syrian refugees. His campaign, in fact, defended it, saying Donald Trump Jr., in fact was an asset for the Trump campaign.
After winning the US presidency earlier this month, Trump had promised that he would deport millions of immigrants involved in criminal activities. Millions of criminals in a developed society like the US! The whole exercise, if undertaken, will be a big sham – nothing more than witch-hunting.
Donald Trump has been vocal about Muslims, refugees and immigrants and his election campaign had seen a high pitched rhetoric about Muslim ban.
He has called for extreme measures like putting on hold Muslims’ entry in the United States. A December 2015 statement on his official website says, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Also, though he has not openly endorsed a Muslim Registry, he never ruled it out whenever he was asked about it during the campaign phase. Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State, who is a prominent contender to head the Department of Homeland Security under Trump, is a hardliner when it comes to clamping down on refugees and immigrants. His future action plan reportedly includes a Muslim Registry and a border wall along the US-Mexican border, an idea that Donald Trump reiterates time and again, humiliating Mexicans as rapists and criminals.