The incoming legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says any proposal from President-elect Donald Trump to create a registry for Muslims is unconstitutional.

"When executive action is challenged as targeting religion, the critical question is intent: If the government can be shown to have intentionally targeted a religious group, its actions violate the Free Exercise Clause," David Cole wrote in a post on the ACLU website. "The law need not name the religion by name."

Trump made waves during the Republican primary campaign when he called for a temporary "shutdown" of all Muslim immigration to the United States. More recently, reports have indicated that the incoming administration would instead focus on people coming to the U.S. from specific regions.

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