Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden joined Emgage Actions’ virtual summit, “Million Muslim Votes,” on Monday in a demonstration of support for Muslim Americans.
Emgage Action is considered to be the largest Muslim American PAC in the nation. Earlier this year, the organization endorsed Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary. In April, after Sanders dropped out of the presidential race, the organization shifted their endorsement toward Biden, Fox News reports.
During the summit, Biden, who is a professing Roman Catholic, expressed his desire to see Islam taught in U.S. schools.
"I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith. I wish we talked about all the great confessional faiths. It's one of the great confessional faiths," Biden said in a video of the summit.
“And what people don’t realize is one of my advocations is theology. We all come from the same root here in terms of our fundamental basic beliefs and I just want to thank you for giving me the opportunity, for being engaged, for committing to action this November,” Biden continued.
While blaming the Trump Administration for “an unconscionable rise in Islamophobia,” the former Vice President asserted that, if elected, he will end President Trump’s Muslim travel ban “on day one” of his presidency.
On Monday, Emgage Action issued a letter signed by Muslim American officials, including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), endorsing Biden for President.
"Our number one goal is to remove Donald Trump from office and to replace him with someone who can begin to heal our nation," the letter reads. "A Biden administration will move the nation forward on many of the issues we care about," it continued, citing racial justice, affordable healthcare, climate change and immigration as issues they wish to be handled differently.
According to The Christian Post, Trump instituted a ban in 2017 that prevents immigrants and refugees from several Muslim countries from entering the U.S. if they do not meet the “minimum security and information-sharing requirements.”
On Wednesday, the U.S House of Representatives voted 233-183 to pass the NO BAN ACT, which would effectively reverse Trump’s travel act, Al Jazeera reports.
While the bill has the support of Democratic legislators in the House, it is unlikely to pass in the majority-Republican Senate.
Nevertheless, Biden assured that he will sign the bill into law should he win the White House.
“Today, the House passed the #NoBanAct because no one should be discriminated against or singled out based on the faith they practice.” Biden wrote. “I will end President Trump's Muslim Ban on day one and sign this bill into law.”
Today, the House passed the #NoBanAct because no one should be discriminated against or singled out based on the faith they practice. I will end President Trump's Muslim Ban on day one and sign this bill into law.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 22, 2020
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