In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced this legislation to honor those were the targets of Islamophobic acts after 9/11:
In the aftermath of 9/11 we saw a marked increase of violence
misdirected against individuals within the Arab, South Asian, Sikh, and
Muslim communities. In the first nine weeks following 9/11, there were
over 700 documented cases of violent incidents targeting Arab-Americans.
On this day, I want to recognize the individuals who were unfairly
targeted in post-9/11 violence. This resolution reaffirms the positive
contributions that Arabs, South Asian, Sikh, and Muslims make to the
United States and recognizes the rights of religious freedom upheld in
Currently this bill has the support of four Democratic cosponsors in the House.
Of Note: Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 there was an increase in hate crimes and other acts of Islamophobia against people who either were or were perceived to be Muslims.
Fourteen years later, Republican Presidential frontrunner, Donald J. Trump called for a ban on allowing Muslims to enter the U.S. as immigrants or travelers. His proposed policy plan comes in the wake of a series of mass shootings linked to the extremist group ISIS. Trump told Fox News Anchor Greta Van Susteren:
have Muslim friends, Greta, and they’re wonderful people. But there’s a
tremendous section and cross-section of Muslims living in our country
who have tremendous animosity. It does not apply to people living in the
country, except we have to be vigilant.”
Trump’s proposal has drawn harsh scrutiny from other Republicans, Democrats, and world leaders.
Media:Summary by Eric Revell
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