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Thu Apr 16, 2020, 09:38 AM

Top Muslim political group backs Biden

Politico

The nation’s biggest Muslim political action committee is a Bernie Sanders ally.

By HOLLY OTTERBEIN

04/16/2020 10:00 AM EDT

A group allied to Bernie Sanders is endorsing Joe Biden after the Vermont senator threw his weight behind the presumptive Democratic nominee this week.

Emgage, which calls itself the largest Muslim political action committee in the country, told POLITICO it is backing the former vice president because he supports ending President Donald Trump’s travel ban on several majority-Muslim countries, raising the refugee admissions cap, and reforming the immigration system, among other issues.

"Our nation, and indeed the world, are at a crossroad. Beyond the immediate devastation caused by COVID-19, we are facing an all-out assault against democratic principles and values at home and abroad that we have not seen since the rise of fascism and Nazisim early in the 20th century,” said Wa'el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage PAC. “Joe Biden is the type of leader who can restore America's promise to its citizens, especially its most vulnerable, and to the world.”

In the primary, Sanders received the endorsements of numerous Muslim elected officials and groups, including Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. Muslim leaders praised Sanders for his record of supporting Palestinian rights.

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