Additional reporting by Caitlin MacNeal
Donald Trump wants to create a national registry to track American Muslims. Sen. Marco Rubio is prepared to close “any place where radicals are being inspired," including mosques. Ted Cruz has sponsored a bill in the Senate barring some Muslim refugees – a majority from Syria – and a Democratic mayor in Roanoke used the internment of Japanese Americans in the 1940s as justification to stop the flow of Syrian refugees to his community.
A terrorist attack 3,828 miles away from Washington has sparked a raw and visceral political reaction across the country to Islam and refugees that hasn't been front and center since 9/11. In the years since, other major attacks have rocked Western countries -- the Madrid commuter rail system (191 dead in 2004), the London Underground (56 dead in 2005), the Boston Marathon (6 dead in 2013) -- but have not spawned the kind of reflexively anti-Muslim and anti-refugee outcry in America that the Paris attacks have.
Why this dramatic of a reaction and why now?
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