Trump: Suspend immigration from areas with ‘proven history of terrorism’
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE called for a temporary ban on immigration from areas with "a proven history of terrorism" in a Monday speech delivered in response to Sunday's shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.


"The immigration laws of the United States give the president powers to suspend entry into the country of any class of persons," he said during his national security address in New Hampshire. 

Speaking one day after 49 people were killed at an Orlando nightclub by a gunman who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Trump put much of the blame on U.S. immigration policies that allowed the shooter’s parents to enter the country from Afghanistan.

"I will use this power to protect the American people. When elected, I will suspend immigration from 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.” 

Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, said he's heard people vindicating his previous call to temporarily ban Muslim immigration, which came in response to the shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., earlier this year, elaborating on that proposal and calling for America to take control of its borders.  

"It will be lifted, this ban, when, as a nation, we are in a position to properly and perfectly screen these people coming into our country. They are pouring in and we don't know what we are doing," he said.