What has Congress done for Muslims

First Muslim woman to enter the US Congress

Rashida Tlaib won the primaries against five other candidates from her party in Michigan's 13th congressional district. "Thank you for making this incredible moment possible," tweeted the lawyer and mother of two afterwards. "Words fail me, I can't wait to serve in Congress." She later wrote in the short message service: "The 13th district wanted a fighter and is getting one. I feel more than honored by the trust that working families place in me."

In November, the so-called midterms will take place in the USA. Then all 435 House seats and 35 of the 100 Senate seats will be reassigned. Tlaib has no Republican opponent in the vote in three months. This means that her seat in the House of Representatives is as good as certain.

The 42-year-old is the oldest of 14 children. She was born in Detroit. Her Palestinian parents emigrated to the United States from the West Bank. Her father worked for the car manufacturer Ford.

From 2009 to 2014, Rashida Tlaib sat for the Democrats in Michigan’s Parliament. Politically, she is close to the positions of Senator Bernie Sanders. Tlaib justified her candidacy with the increasing attacks on American Muslims and migrants during the tenure of US President Donald Trump. She is not running because she wants to make history as the first Muslim woman in Congress, but because of all the injustices that have now become normal, said Tlaib.

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