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Donald Trump proposed his infamous Muslim ban one year ago today. Where's it at now?

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WATCH  | What a difference a year makes: Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from immigrating to the United States "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on" has taken many different forms in the last year.

The Muslim banniversary 

In America, December 7 is probably most widely known as the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the beginning of American involvement in World War II.

But this year, December 7 marks the anniversary of something else, too: the day president-elect Donald Trump proposed his infamous temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the United States, a proposal that shocked political pundits and propelled the billionaire businessman further into the national spotlight.

Donald Trump vows to ban Muslims entering US

WATCH  | Trump's proposal, which he unveiled at a Pearl Harbor Day rally at the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C.,  marked (up until then) one of the most controversial moments of his campaign. Trump said his proposal would prevent terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. 

Where are we now?

But now that Trump is president-elect, where does the Muslim ban stand? And is it currently in the same form that it was when it was proposed? 

The short answer to that last question? No.  As for the first question, the Trump transition team has not been specific. They've said the president-elect will pursue some restriction on people immigrating to America from countries "compromised by terrorism." But they haven't said which countries, or whether Muslims will be specifically called out.

The ban's evolution

Trump was harshly criticized by members of both political parties for his original proposal. Even his future running-mate now Vice President-elect Mike Pence, expressed outrage that Trump would single out people of a specific religion. 

"Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional," the Indiana governor tweeted shortly after Trump's December 2015 speech. 


The different versions

Trump moderated the proposal several times in the months that followed. In May 2016, Trump refused to say whether he still stood behind his proposal to temporarily ban Muslim immigration. In June, Trump said the ban would only apply to Muslims from countries with a history of terrorism -- though he did not specify which countries. 


And in July, Trump took Muslims out of the equation altogether. "I'm talking territory instead of Muslim," Trump said.

Trump dodges question about whether he still supports Muslim ban

WATCH  | In May 2016, Trump repeatedly dodged questions about whether he still stood behind his proposal to temporarily halt Muslim immigration. “Well, we’re going to look at a lot of different things," he said. "We’ll see what happens.”

Still unclear 

Even today, the specifics of Trump's vision for Muslim immigration are unclear. 

The most recent comments from his campaign on the issue came last month, when Trump's incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Trump is “not going to rule out anything,” except for a registry based on religion. 

"There are some people that have to be prevented from coming into this country," Priebus said.


Muslims fearful of future

Despite the uncertainty, the Washington Post reported that many Muslim leaders "remain scared, and their fears have been heightened" by some of Trump's staffing choices for his future administration.

From the Post: "Michael Flynn, the incoming national security adviser, said not long ago that fear of Muslims is 'rational.' Stephen Bannon, Jeff Sessions and Mike Pompeo have also publicly criticized Islam or supported policy ideas like the ban on Muslim immigrants."


Open letter to Trump

That fear and uncertainty prompted more than 300 Muslim leaders to send a letter to President-elect Trump on Monday asking him to reconsider some of his staff choices. 

You can read the full letter, and see its signatories, by clicking here

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