A coalition of American Muslim groups, including a Texas contingent, is blasting Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz and his staff for refusing to meet with them during Monday's National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.

Alia Salem, executive director of the DFW chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said her group tried unsuccessfully for weeks to schedule time with Cruz's staff ahead of its visit to Washington this week. More than 300 members of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, a coalition of American Muslim advocacy groups, are in Washington to meet with members of Congress.

"We traveled all the way from North Texas to come and meet with our elected officials. I know they have things they have to do, but what I'm concerned about is the complete and utter shutdown, not finding one legislative aide to meet with us," she said.

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