From a strip mall in Virginia to the arrival gates at JFK airport in New York, Muslims across America are reacting to a proposal by Donald Trump that the U.S. should ban Muslims from entering the country. Mana Rabiee reports.
At this strip mall in Arlington, Virginia catering to local Muslim Americans, reaction is anything but mixed to Donald Trump's comments that the U.S. should ban all Muslims from entering the country. It was the most dramatic response by a presidential candidate to a California shooting spree by two radicalized Muslims that killed 14 people. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MOHAMMED HASAN, MUSLIM IMMIGRANT, SAYING: "Islam is a part of America. I believe that. Islam is a part of America. And terrorists no matter what, they don't have any religion." Trump made the now controversial comments in South Carolina, telling supporters the U.S. can't afford to allow any Muslim in -- not even tourists or would-be immigrants -- because they might turn out to be militants like from Islamic State and attack Americans on home soil. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DONALD TRUMP, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE READING HIS STATEMENT ON MUSLIMS IMMIGRATING TO THE UNITED STATES SAYING: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on." World leaders have denounced the real-estate mogul's comments. The White House called on Republicans to reject Trump immediately. And U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says the comments threaten national security because they hurt efforts to connect with the Muslims in the U.S. Muslims, like those arriving at JFK international airport in New York. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SHAHEL SATTAR, MUSLIM-AMERICAN, SAYING: "I don't think it's an issue of religion, it's an issue of ideology. So he should attack the ideology not the religion." Trump has since said his proposal is no worse than the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans in World War II after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He's defending his position on Muslims entering the U.S.... even as the chorus of his critics grows, including from fellow Republicans.