Donald Trump vowed to instate an immediate ban on Syrian refugees entering the country on his first day in office if elected, telling a crowd Wednesday in Toledo, Ohio that it’s not just about terrorism anymore.
While saying he would do away with the our “extremely open” immigration system in favor of “extreme vetting” of refugees seeking asylum, Trump suggested his opponent Hillary Clinton’s refugee plan would cost billions in social welfare programs.
“This isn’t only a matter of terrorism, but also a matter of quality of life,” Trump said to loud cheers from the crowd.
He went on to say that as president, he would only allow immigrants into the country “that support our values and love, and I mean love, our people.”
Trump’s remarks come a day after his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was heavily criticized for tweeting a flawed analogy about refugees entering the country that originated with a Nazi and has become a favorite among white supremacists.
This post has been updated.