In the name of preventing terrorism, presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump called for surveillance on mosques across the country and defended previous remarks on banning Muslim immigrants at an Atlanta rally on Wednesday.
The billionaire real estate developer proposed to the rally that “we have to maybe check, respectfully, the mosques, and we have to check other places because this is a problem that, if we don’t solve it, it’s going to eat our country alive.”
He repeated the immediate need for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration following Sunday’s shooting in Orlando that claimed the lives of 49 people.
Trump said that while the Florida gunman was born in the United States, “his parents weren’t and his ideas weren’t born here.”
He proposed the United States suspend immigration from the areas of the world where there is “a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies until we fully understand how to end these threats.” He added that radical Muslims were entering the country amidst a flood of refugees and “trying to take over our children.”
While Trump’s hard stance on immigration has gained him some popularity with more conservative voters, it has caused some disruption within the Republican party.
Prominent party members distanced themselves from the presidential nominee’s comments this week following the shooting.