Donald Trump calls for 'total and complete shutdown' of Muslims entering the U.S.

NEW YORK -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants the United States to stop allowing all Muslims to enter the country.

In a news release from his campaign Monday, Trump "is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Trump cited a report from the Center for Security Policy -- a non-profit organization with conservative ties -- that found about a quarter of Muslims living in the U.S. polled believe that it's "legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam by, for example, portraying the prophet Mohammed."

Trump's campaign said the proposal comes in response to the level of hatred among "large segments of the Muslim population" toward Americans.

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Trump's proposed ban would apply to "everybody," including Muslims seeking immigration visas as well as tourists seeking to enter the country.

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