FROM Maya Berry
America’s Muslim Icons The great boxer Muhammad Ali converted to Islam in the 1960s, changing his name from Cassius Clay. Ali was arguably ‘the greatest’ in boxing, for sure. And since his death last week, many have also called Muhammad Ali the greatest American Muslim. He was one of America’s most famous Muslims, but there are many notable American Muslims. Some are very public about their faith, some aren’t. And since it’s Ramadan – the holy month that most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are currently observing – we thought we’d talk about who some of America’s Muslim icons are.
Reality Checks on The Donald Donald Trump has famously contradicted himself many times, but he's been relentlessly consistent on two major proposals. He wants a moratorium on any foreign Muslims entering the country, and he wants all undocumented workers to be deported. Both are crucial to Trump's base of support, and both have been roundly denounced — even by some members of the Republican Party. The moratorium has been called both un-American and unconstitutional, but we hear about some legal precedents that may surprise you. As to mass deportation, what would it take to round up 10 to 12 million people? What would it mean for the size of government and the economy?
The Security Threat from Syrian Refugees: Rhetoric or Reality? America — the nation of immigrants — is divided again on yet another case of "huddled masses yearning to be free" after one of Friday's attackers in Paris was found to be carrying a Syrian passport. It's still not clear if the document was official or fake, but it's raised the possibility that one or more of the brutal terrorists crossed the French border disguised as a Syrian refugee. This year, the US has admitted 1800 Syrians who were fleeing civil war, and President Obama plans to admit 10,000 more. But that's created a political firestorm. Is a ban on Muslim refugees from Syria needed to keep America safe? Would it help ISIS recruiters show that the US is making war on Islam?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.