With Both Communities Concerned, Latino Muslims Learn About Their Rights

Source: NPR

Masjid Omar ibn Al-Khattab Mosque in Los Angeles, Calif.

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There are some places where the two communities involved in President Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigrants, as well as the one securing the U.S.-Mexico border, overlap.

One of these areas is Southern California. Immigrants in Los Angeles are relying on mosques, community groups and their own families to navigate the complicated new immigration climate.

On a Sunday morning, around 40 worshipers gather at the Masjid Omar ibn Al-Khattab mosque in downtown Los Angeles. Between Koranic lessons and an Arabic class, this group gets advice on how to respond if immigration officers knock on their door.

Though this may not be surprising with the current political climate, what is surprising is the language of the lecture: Spanish.

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