Speaking in Dearborn on Wednesday, the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) attempted to reach out to local Muslims, saying that Islam is a religion of peace while also calling upon the community speak up against extremism to counter ISIS.
Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke at the University of Michigan-Dearborn to about 20 student leaders, followed by a public address to hundreds of students, law enforcement chiefs in metro Detroit and brief remarks to reporters.
Johnson was criticized for not having a meeting in Dearborn with Arab American and Muslim leaders who work on civil rights issues. There also were no imams, Muslim religious leaders, at the event. Spokesmen for DHS did not comment on who they invited and why Johnson only met with students. The meeting with students was closed to the media.