Branding himself the “law-and-order candidate,” Donald J. Trump has vowed to carry out a crackdown on crime and terrorism that would benefit white Americans and racial minorities alike.
But an examination of Mr. Trump’s recommendations for policing, terrorism and immigration enforcement reveals a series of policies that civil rights activists and national security veterans fear could have the effect of treating minorities with suspicion and singling them out for heavier government scrutiny.
Over the past few days, Mr. Trump has intensified the racial and ethnic cast to his policies. On Wednesday, he suggested stop-and-frisk policing, a tactic that has been discontinued in New York City, as a model for other cities. More than four in five people stopped by New York police under stop-and-frisk were black or Hispanic, and a federal judge ruled the policy unconstitutional as it was put in effect.
Earlier in the week, Mr. Trump answered the bombings in New York and New Jersey by calling for aggressive profiling of terrorism suspects, and criticized the authorities for showing restraint toward people from “that part of the world.”