A look at Trump's 'ideological tests' for immigrants

9NEWS @ 5. 9/2/16

KUSA - In his speech on Wednesday, Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump connected the issue of immigration squarely with national security.

“All energies of the federal government and the legislative process must now be focused on immigration security,” Trump said.

One of his proposals involves testing the motivations of foreigners looking to emigrate to the country.

“Another reform involves new screening tests for all applicants that include, and this is so important, especially if you get the right people -- and we will get the right people -- an ideological certification to make sure that those we are admitting to our country share our values and love our people,“ Trump said.

Democrats pounced on the idea.

“Sure, we want to keep terrorists out of the country. I think everybody wants to keep terrorists out of the country, but you don’t do it with ideological certifications in the context and the way he describes,” said Colorado-based Democratic strategist Ted Trimpa.

But is the idea practical? Robert Preuhs is a political science professor at Metro State University.

“To test and measure what someone’s ideology is, is really difficult,” Preuhs said.

Immigrants who decide to become naturalized American citizens do take an oath, swearing allegiance to the U.S. Beyond that, though, Preuhs said other kinds of loyalty oaths have run into legal problems.

“Loyalty oaths for teachers, police officers, have actually been questionable, in terms of the Constitutional-basis,” he said.

Trump hasn't explained yet how his proposed ideological test would work, but it's likely to be an issue during the rest of the presidential campaign. 9NEWS reached out to the Trump Campaign in Colorado for clarification of the ideological tests. We have not heard back yet.


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