Snyder rejects Trump’s call for Muslim immigration ban

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday rejected the proposal by Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump to temporarily prohibit anyone of the Muslim faith from entering the country over national security concerns.

“Donald Trump’s comments about banning all Muslims is absolutely inappropriate, and it doesn’t reflect the spirit of America, in my view,” the Michigan Republican governor said in an interview with The Detroit News Editorial Board.

Snyder repudiated the bombastic billionaire businessman’s proposal a few hours before the Trump campaign announced Monday that Trump will hold a rally Monday in Grand Rapids.

Trump has scheduled a 7:30 p.m. rally at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center in Grand Rapids. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and free tickets can be reserved on Eventbrite.com, according to the campaign.

Trump was last in Michigan on Aug. 11 to speak to a crowd of 2,375 people at the Birch Run Expo Center for a fundraiser for the Saginaw and Genesee county Republican parties.

Snyder has called for a “pause” in the federal government allowing more refugees from war-torn Syria until a review of the security protocols can be completed.

At the same time, the Republican governor has sought to distance himself from Trump, who wants to temporarily ban any person of Islamic faith from entering the country through lawful immigration and work visas.

Trump has said the United States needs to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country because of a rise in global terrorism fueled by the Islamic State terrorist group. Some legal scholars have said Trump’s proposal is unconstitutional, while others have said the idea could withstand a legal challenge.

Snyder has remained officially neutral in the 14-candidate Republican presidential primary field after he decided not to jump into the race in May.

But Snyder said Monday that Michigan’s March 8 presidential primary could help decide the winner for the 2016 presidential nomination.

“Michigan will be a really important state in this process,” Snyder told The News.

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