In the fallout from Tuesday’s attack in Brussels that killed over 30 people and wounded around 250 more, certain politicians have used the ISIS-inspired attack to push an agenda targeting America’s Muslim communities.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the U.S. law enforcement should “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods.” Donald Trump, meanwhile, said he would close the border and implied that Muslim immigration turned Brussels into a “horrible city.” In the past, Trump called for all Muslims to be banned from entering into the United States.
On Tuesday, Trump told NBC:
We have to have very vigilant and careful about who we let into our country. I know Brussels well. And Brussels is a total mess. And I’m not talking about the attack today. I’m talking about generally speaking. It is a city that used to be one of the finest, one of the most beautiful and one of the safest cities in the world. And now it’s a catastrophic, very dangerous city where the police have very little control.
With all the anti-Muslim sentiment floating around, one congressman stepped forward to counter the narrative. Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) recalled his family history as a historical example against the demonization of Muslims.
“Today, as I watch leading politicians propose discriminatory policies targeting the Muslim community, I cannot be silent. Seventy years ago my parents and grandparents were held prisoner during World War II without trial and without a reason other than their Japanese heritage.”
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Takano is a Japanese-American representing California’s 41st district. The two generations that preceded him were placed in interment camps during World War II.