First two Muslim women to win seats in Congress have progressive policies
Americans for the first time sent Muslim women to Congress — Palestinian American Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan, and Somali American Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota.
Detroit-native Tlaib, 42, won Michigan’s 13th Congressional District and Omar won Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, replacing the first Muslim member of Congress, Keith Ellison, who Tuesday became the state’s attorney general. The women show a bit of the diversity of Muslims in the United States. No single racial or ethnic group accounts for a majority among Muslim immigrants, according to the Pew Research Center. Omar is reportedly the first refugee elected to Congress.
Tlaib’s campaign platform included pledges to secure a $15 minimum wage, preventing cuts to welfare programs such as Medicare and Social Security, as well as stopping tax relief to large corporations, according to Al Jazeera. Omar, who came to the United States at age 14, is also a progressive, and she focused on universal health care and tuition-free colleges. Both have served as state lawmakers. Ilhan Omar is reportedly the first refugee to be elected to U.S. Congress.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents participate in a training exercise at a vehicle entry point along the border with Mexico in Hidalgo, Texas. The operation has come under fire from some retired generals.
Thursday, November8, 20189