People attend an open house at the Darul Qur'an Mosque March 18, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. AFP / Joshua LOTT
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In a sprawling banquet hall, Ahmed Rehab walked to a lectern facing a glittering group of diners and launched into a searing speech excoriating the Donald Trump administration.The president's efforts to institute a ban on travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries have been met with a strong response from Muslim-Americans and their supporters.But there is also fear that Islamophobia is on the rise, and that the Trump administration may still target Muslims. The 59-year-old Palestinian immigrant has lived in the United States for 40 years.In 2015, hate crimes against Muslims increased 67 percent, according to the FBI.There has also been a rallying response from Muslim groups and supporters, as Muslim-Americans have felt more scrutiny and threats.During his speech at the banquet hall, Rehab pointed to new allies in the room – non-Muslim lawyers who helped travelers during Trump's ill-fated first attempt at a ban that triggered chaos at American airports until it was halted by U.S. courts.Two hours later, as people cleared out, Sami reflected on how American politics are changing.
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