First two Mus­lim women to win seats in Congress have pro­gres­sive poli­cies

StarMetro Calgary - - CANADA & WORLD - Michelle Boorstein

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.

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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

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