08 November, 2018
Rashida Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, and Somali-American Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women elected to the US House of Representatives, after winning their contests in MI and Minnesota.
The two politicians will increase the total number of Muslims in the House to three.
Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported a 21 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the first six months of 2018.
Tlaib will fill the seat formerly occupied by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who left office a year ago amid accusations of sexual misconduct. After fleeing the country's civil war, she spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the USA when she was 14.
Republicans, with a strong grip on the senate, unseated a string of Democratic senators up for re-election in states Trump won in 2016. In an interview with CBS Wednesday, the newly elected congresswoman said she plans on embracing refugees.
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Rashida is also the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress.
Tlaib, 42, was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.
Meanwhile, Michigan's heavily democratic Jewish community is figuring out ow to react to this wave of Muslim-American progressives who mostly share the same views on domestic policies but who could substantially differ when it comes to Israel.
The former state representative also ran on a liberal platform, backing Medicare for All, immigration reform and a call to overturn Trump's executive order banning most people from five Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.
Both women have served as state lawmakers. She came to the U.S. more than two decades ago as a refugee.
There was no Republican on the ballot in the overwhelmingly Democratic district.