US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said that he would enact “extreme vetting” of immigrants.
In a speech in Ohio, the candidate outlined his plans to combat Islamic extremism, including a new screening test for arrivals to the US.
Applicants will be tested to determine if they share Western liberal values, such as religious tolerance.
Citizens from some countries will not be issued visas but it is not clear which nations will be banned.
The hotel developer also pledged to work with any countries willing to help the US defeat the so-called Islamic State (IS).
He repeated the claim he was opposed to the Iraq War before it began, which fact-checkers says is untrue.
And he said that the oil in Iraq should have been seized by the US government to prevent it from becoming the property of IS.
Trump’s plan to beat IS
- Ban immigration from countries where terrorism is widespread and vetting is poor
- Make alliances with all countries fighting against terrorism
- Require an ideology test for new immigrants arriving to the US
The billionaire initially proposed a blanket ban on all Muslims but has changed it to one that is based on an unspecified list of countries that export terror.
The latest proposal includes creating an ideological test for immigrants entering the country, with questions addressing how each applicant views American values such as religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights.
Mr Trump also welcomed alliances from any country that shares the mission to destroy “radical Islamic terrorism,” regardless of other ideological beliefs.