Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has vowed to include Muslim Americans in every social and political aspect in his administration as well as repeal President Donald Trumps “Muslim ban” if voted to power.
In a video message to Muslim Advocates, a civil rights organisation, on Thursday, Biden also promised to push lawmakers for legislation to fight the growing spike in hate crimes in the US.
As president, Ill work with you to rip the poison of hate from our society to honour your contributions and seek your ideas. My administration will look like America, with Muslim Americans serving at every level,” he said. “On day one, Ill end Trumps unconstitutional Muslim ban. Ill push Congress to pass hate crimes legislation. Ill implement the national strategy Ive laid out since March to be COVID. Ill end the deadly inequities in health care, education, and opportunity that this crisis has amplified. And together, well rebuild the criminal justice system focused on redemption, not retribution, Biden added.
President Trump has imposed a controversial travel ban, often referred to by critics as a “Muslim ban”, on several Muslim majority countries, including Iran and Syria, through a series of executive orders. In February, the travel ban was expanded to include six additional countries, including Nigeria.
Observing that Muslim American voices matter to the community and to the country, Biden claimed that the community havent always gotten the respect or representation they deserve under the Trump administration. This is not who we are. Abraham Lincoln told us at Gettysburg, a house divided cannot stand. Today, trust is ebbing. Hope seems elusive. Instead of healing, were being ripped apart. And I refuse to let that happen. We have two brighter future to leave it shipwrecked on the shores of anger and division, he said.
I said from the start. Im running the United States country to embrace hope, not fear, light, not darkness, the future, not the past, and Im going to appeal to the best of us, not our worst side. I mean, you all know better than anyone its in our power to change course, to organise, advocate, and to vote, Biden said.
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