Dumping Trump’s Plan

Sarah O’Hazo, Geoffrey Gelorme, Jack Nepomuceno, Phillip Weingart

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After the Paris attacks happened on Nov. 13, 2015, Donald Trump proposed a system that would require Muslims in America to register to be part of a database. “We have no idea who these people are,” Trump said in an interview.


In his plan, he brought up the idea of surveillance of some mosques, and bringing back waterboarding as an interrogation method. Waterboarding is a torture method that simulates drowning by pouring water over a person’s face while their face is covered by a towel.


This plan created by the front-runner of the Republican party is unconstitutional, going against what America stands for. America was created by immigrants and is a safe haven for everyone because it was a land of opportunities and dreams. Trump’s plan would go against the whole foundation of how the United States was created.


The Muslim registry may not be that extreme however, America did this once before with the Japanese-American Internment Camps during World War II. The internment camps are a dark part of the American history and might be repeated in modern times.


This database goes against the First Amendment which grants American citizens the right to exercise religion freely. The First Amendment is the most relevant in today’s society, and protects the rights of citizens in this country because it allows the people to express themselves freely.


When Trump was asked about the difference between the Muslims database and Nazi, Germany, he said “You tell me.” Other Republican Candidates such as, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich do not agree with the database and reject Trump’s idea for the Muslim registry.


A different proposal could instead increase security in largely populated areas such as New York’s Times Square, the Mall of America in Minnesota, and concert halls across the nation. This would protect the country where threats would be most prominent.