"Immigration from Afghanistan has increased five-fold. We don't know what we're doing, folks. Every year we bring in more than 100,000 lifetime immigrants from the Middle East and many more from Muslim countries outside of the Middle East. A number of these immigrants have hostile attitudes,” he told a crowd of over 6,000.
Trump also went on to criticize what he says, is a lack of assimilation among immigrants.
"So Hillary said -- and this is an exact quote, and just so you understand, I have many Muslim friends. These are great people. They’re amazing people,” he began. "The problem we have is whether it's 7 percent or 9 percent or 11 percent or 1 percent we’re having a tremendous problem in our country. We don’t know -- there doesn’t seem to be assimilation -- we don’t know what’s going on.”
"Once again we’ve seen that political correctness is deadly. They don’t wanna talk about the problem,” Trump said.
He used his platform to speak of Mateen’s parents who were born in Afghanistan.
"So the killer’s parents immigrated from Afghanistan as the Washington Times reported the children of Muslim american parents, they’re responsible for a growing number for whatever reason a growing number of terrorist attacks,”Trump said. The article that he cited provided no statistics to back up its claims.
The number of individuals implicated in jihad-inspired U.S. terrorist activity since 9/11, who are immigrants or children of immigrants, is likely somewhere between 140 and 300, based on the latest New America Foundation research.