5. The Muslim
A year ago, the Trump team released a statement saying, “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.” Soon after the Muslim ban became part of his campaign, along with the wall, deportation stance, and every other seemingly ludicrous thing that ended up helping Trump win the election. After the win, however, the statement was removed from the website, and the administration seems to have softened their tone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said, “We absolutely protect the right of every Muslim that’s in America to be able to carry out their religious beliefs as they choose.” Cheif-of-Staff Reince Priebus told Meet the Press that Trump “believes that no faith in and of itself should be judged as a whole.” So if the Muslim ban has been erased from the rhetoric, just like it has from Trump’s website, what is the plan?
Some believe a Muslim registry could replace the once-proposed ban. Dara Lind of Vox reports, “The administration might revive a Bush-era program that registered thousands of immigrants – most of them Muslim.” Kris Kobach, the same guy who unknowingly shows off private documentation for the camera, told Reuters he “discussed drafting a proposal for [Trump]’s consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.” Cheif-of-Staff Priebus, however, stated in his previously mentioned interview, “Look, I’m not going to rule out anything… but I wouldn’t — we’re not going to have a registry based on a religion.” Furthermore, The Hill reports the incoming legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union believes a registry such as this is downright unconstitutional and, at this point, what direction the administration will take remains to be seen.