Trump: 'Immigration Is a Privilege'

Susan Jones | June 14, 2016 | 5:26am EDT
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after giving a speach at Saint Anselm College Monday, June 13, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

( - Donald Trump, speaking in New Hampshire on Monday, said he is a better friend to the "gay community" than Hillary Clinton is, as long as she continues to support immigration policies that bring Islamic extremists into the country -- people who "suppress women, gays and anyone who doesn't share their views or values."

"Immigration is a privilege, and we should not let anyone into this country who doesn't support our communities -- all of our communities, every single one of them," Trump said.

"Remember this, radical Islam is anti-woman, anti-gay and anti-American," Trump said. "I refuse to allow America to become a place where gay people, Christian people, Jewish people are targets of persecution and intimation by radical Islamic preachers of hate and violence."

The Republican presidential hopeful noted that the United States already has admitted four times more immigrants than any country on Earth, and "we don't even know who's coming in."

"And we continue to admit millions more with no real checks or scrutiny."

Without using the killer's name, Trump described Omar Mateen as a "radical Islamic terrorist" who targeted the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, "not only because he wanted to kill Americans, but in order to execute gay and lesbian citizens, because of their sexual orientation.

"It's a strike at the heart and soul of who we are as a nation," Trump said. "It's an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want, and express their identity. It's an attack on the right of every single American to live in peace and safety in their own country."

Trump said as president, "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 and partial and long -- really long -- overdue security assessment, we will develop a responsible immigration policy that serves the interests and values of America."

And Trump said Muslims already in the United States "have to work with us -- they have to cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad. They know it. And they have to do it, and they have to do it forthwith."

Trump said to protect American citizens, especially those who are vulnerable because of their backgrounds or sexual orientation, "we must change our foreign policy."

Critizing the  Obama administration, Trump called the decision to overthrow the regime in Libya, and pushing for the overthrow of the regime in Syria "without plans for the day after, have created space for ISIS to expand and grow like nobody has ever seen before.

"These actions, along with our disastrous Iran deal, have also reduced our ability to work in partnership with our Muslim allies in the region. That is why our new goal must be to defeat Islamic terrorism, not nation building. No more nation building," Trump insisted. "It's never going to work."

Trump noted that the U.S. has spent trillions of dollars over the years on nation-building in the Middle East, "and it has been complete and total disaster. "We're further away now than we were 15 years ago." He noted that the last major NATO mission was "Hillary Clinton's war in Libya," which "helped to unleash ISIS on a new continent."

Trump said NATO also must "change its focus and stop terrorism."

Trump concluded his remarks by "again expressing our solitarily with the people of Orlando who have come under this horrific attack. When I'm president I pledge to protect and defend all Americans who live inside our borders. Wherever they come from, wherever they were born, I don't care.

"All Americans living here and following our laws, not other laws, will be protected," he promised.

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