In my career as a Foreign Service officer, I asked visa applicants, including many Muslims, a lot of personal questions. What is your salary? Do you have a partner or a spouse? How healthy is your bank account? In attempting to evaluate whether visa applicants would return home after their visit to the United States, there was very little that was off limits. But the one thing that I never asked — not even in the wake of 9/11 — was "Are you a Muslim?"
It's tempting to simply dismiss Donald Trump's proposal to block all Muslims from entering the United States until we "figure out what's going on" as madness and move on. But given the fact that he's the leading GOP candidate and could face Hillary Clinton, a seemingly beatable opponent with a long history of scandals, and the reality that many of his supporters are cheering the deny-Muslims plan, let's imagine what this Trump proposal might look like in practice.