By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Local organizations are standing up against presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments on banning Muslims from entering the United States.
Trump released a statement Dec. 7 by his campaign calling for the ban after the recent shootings and bombings allegedly related to Islam.
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” a campaign press release read.
During a rally in Mount Pleasant, S.C., that same day, Trump reiterated the same statement where he received applause from supporters.
In Dearborn, community leaders and organizations do not share the same enthusiasm as Trump and his supports regarding the ban.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Michigan Regional Office and American Human Rights Council both opposed Trump’s proposed Muslim ban.
“ADC-Michigan is appalled by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail calling for a complete ban on Muslim entry into the U.S.,” the organization leaders said in a statement. “Trump has also proposed the issuing of special IDs for Muslim-Americans. Southeast Michigan is home to the largest concentration of Muslim- and Arab-Americans, a community that is especially vulnerable to escalating Islamophobia in recent months.”
The AHRC called Trump’s proposed Muslim ban, “blatant racism, a language that feeds extremism and promotes radicalization.”
“The American Human Rights Council strongly condemns GOP candidate Donald Trump’s political rhetoric of anti-Muslim hate and bigotry,” organization leaders said. “Trump’s rhetoric plays right into the culture of hate and violence that the terrorists promote.”
AHRC Executive Director Imad Hamad also voiced his thoughts on Trump’s Muslim ban.
“We condemn the callous and morally bankrupt statements of candidate Trump but salute all people of conscience and goodwill who have spoken up against hate and bigotry in these unusually dangerous times,” Hamad said.
ADC-Michigan leaders also worry about the future, if indeed Trump is elected president.
“Mr. Trump’s comments are more than rhetoric to our community — they are a symbol of hatred and racism that, should he rise to the presidency, foreshadow a grim future,” the origination stated.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])