The head of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) civil rights division on Sunday said Muslim Americans are facing "trying times," with many feeling increasingly unwelcome in the U.S.
"Amidst a ratcheting up of divisive rhetoric, we see criminal threats against mosques; harassment in schools; and violence targeting Muslim Americans and individuals perceived to be Muslim," Vanita Gupta said during the Muslim Advocates Annual Gala in Millbrae, Calif., according to the DOJ's website.
"This discriminatory backlash doesn't just harm the Muslim community. It violates the defining values of our country. And it threatens all of us who call America home," she added.