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Politicians Face Criticism For Anti-Muslim Comments

Some politicians are facing mounting criticism after making controversial statements about Syrian refugees and Muslims in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.

On Monday, the Donald Trump campaign sent out a press release calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States.

As a result, local leaders are worried about the effect on the local community.

Trump's statements were widely condemned by the political community. Local politicians, including Governor Mike Pence and Senator Dan Coats, tweeted their opposition. 

Edgar Hopida is the Communications Director for the Islamic Society of North America. He worries that political rhetoric could lead to an increase in hate crimes against Muslims.

“The community is anxious and some are afraid as a result of some of the hate crimes that have occurred across the country. Muslim women, definitely that have head scarves or veils, they tend to be the main target of hate motivated crime so women are very concerned,” said Hopida.

Trump's statements come weeks after Governor Pence, along with more than two dozen other governors, called for a suspension of Syrian Refugees entering the United States after the Paris attacks, due to a fear of ISIS infiltrating refugees.

 Hopida, however says that banning Syrian Refugees only helps ISIS.

"They're just playing into ISIS' hands, and of course that just reinforces what they want, which is conflict. The best way to [help] is to embrace these Syrian immigrants, with the proper security measures, and let them in. Because they're the ones that are escaping ISIS and the Assad regime," said Hopida.

 The Archdiocese of Indianapolis announced Tuesday it resettled a Syrian family in the state, despite Pence's orders.

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