U.S Democratic Party’s presidential nominee Joe Biden pledged on Monday to end the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban” and include voices from the community in his administration if he wins on November 3.
“If I become president, I will end the Muslim ban on day one. Day one,” Mr Biden said to the activist Muslim group Emgage
“I want to earn your vote, I want to work in partnership with you … to make sure your voices are included in our nation.”
“I’ll continue to champion the rights of Palestinians and Israelis to have a state of their own, as I have for decades,” Biden said in the first address by a US presidential nominee to a Muslim-American organisation.
Mr Trump announced the travel ban as a candidate in December 2015 and partly enforced it in an executive order in January, 2017.
The order bans nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.
It also covers travellers from North Korea and some government officials from Venezuela.
“I will be a president that recognises and honours your contribution,” Mr Biden said.
He quoted a Hadith, from the collection of sayings and deeds of the Prophet Mohammed, in advocating activism.
“Whoever among you sees a wrong, then he should change it with his hand; if he is not able to, with his tongue; if he is not able to, with his heart,” Mr Biden said.