Donald Trump’s contact for a ban on Muslims getting into the United States has been met with scorn and criticism, with Harry Potter author JK Rowling labelling him worse than her fictional villain Voldemort.
Mr Trump, who is the Republican’s presidential front-runner, named for a “total and total shutdown of Muslims getting into the nation”, claiming there was “excellent hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population”.
“Exactly where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine,” he stated in a earlier statement.
“Until we are in a position to determine and comprehend this dilemma and the unsafe threat it poses, our nation can’t be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad, and have no sense of explanation or respect for human life.”
His announcement of the proposal at a rally in South Carolina was met with cheers.
“How horrible, Voldemort was nowhere near as negative,” Rowling mentioned in a tweet.
US politicians — both Republicans and Democrats — and the United Nations’ refugee agency have also questioned the proposal.
UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming, asked about Mr Trump’s remarks, said they could endanger the system for resettling Syrian refugees in the US.
“What the candidate you are speaking of was speaking of was an whole population but this also impacts the refugee system,” she mentioned.
Rival Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said was Mr Trump “unhinged”, even though Marco Rubio said the comments had been “offensive and outlandish”.
Democrat presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said the comments had been “reprehensible, prejudiced and divisive”.
“You never get it. This tends to make us significantly less safe,” she tweeted.
Dick Cheney, former Republican vice-president under George W Bush, mentioned banning Muslims would go against everything the US stood for.
“Religious freedom has been a extremely critical part of our history. My ancestors got here since they had been Puritans,” he mentioned.
“It really is a mistaken notion.”
‘We are a weak nation when we allow xenophobia to divide us’
Bernie Sanders, an additional Democrat presidential hopeful, mentioned the comments had been racist and divisive.
“Demagogues throughout our history have attempted to divide us primarily based on race, gender, sexual orientation or nation of origin,” he tweeted.
“Now, Trump and other folks want us to hate all Muslims.
“The United States is a fantastic nation when we stand collectively. We are a weak nation when we let racism and xenophobia to divide us.”
Mr Trump’s comments resonated with some Republicans and commentators, including Ann Coulter who tweeted: “Go Trump, go!”
About 100,000 refugees are resettled worldwide each and every year, such as to the US, the biggest recipient beneath the UNHCR’s system.
The screening method takes up to two years and priority is offered to the most vulnerable, like girls, Ms Fleming said.
“The [Obama] administration has been standing by the system. This is most scrutinised population coming into the United States,” she added.
Up to 40 US governors had spoken out against the resettlement plan, the UNHCR mentioned.
“We are concerned that the rhetoric that is getting used in the election campaign is putting an incredibly essential resettlement system at risk that is meant for the most vulnerable men and women — the victims of the wars that the planet is unable to quit,” Ms Fleming stated.
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