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CAIR condemns Trump's comments on banning Muslims from the U.S.

Islamic group CAIR denounces comment made by Donald Trump for temporary shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S. at a press conference on Monday, December 7, 2015. (ABC7/ Tom Roussey)

On Monday presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed a controversial plan to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.

At a Monday night rally in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Trump said he was calling for the ban "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."

"We're out of control," Trump said. "We have no idea who's coming into this country. We have no idea if they love us or if they hate us."

Trump's plan comes in the wake of last week's terroist attack in California by what appears to have been a radicalized Muslim couple. Fourteen people were murdered.

Suspect Syed Farook was born in the United States; his wife and fellow suspect Tashfeen Malik was born in Pakistan.

Trump's plan was criticized by both Democrats and some of his fellow Republican presidential candidates.

It was also condemned at a Monday night press conference at the Capitol Hill headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"For God's sake," CAIR's executive director Nihad Awad told ABC7, "Haven't we learned lessons from history by targeting religious minorities and ethnic minorities?"

"To single out Muslims, that is racial profiling, that is unacceptable," added Oussama Jammal of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations.

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