In a stroke of exceptionally good timing, a new bipartisan Muslim-Jewish coalition is coming to Washington on Wednesday for its first lobbying push, encouraging lawmakers to strengthen the nation's response to hate crimes against religious minorities.

The Muslim Jewish Advisory Council — a partnership of the Islamic Society of North America and the American Jewish Committee — first met just before the election but gathered in Washington this week for its first activism effort, meeting with lawmakers and convening its members for a policy discussion.

The group arrives in Washington amid a firestorm of controversy over President Trump's executive order placing the Syrian refugee resettlement program on hold and suspending visa for travel from seven majority-Muslim nations.

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