IN ORANGE COUNTY, 25,000 immigrants come from the Middle East or predominantly Muslim countries. Latinos make up one third of the county’s 3 million residents. During this election, these groups are joining together to fight against the hateful rhetoric of politicians. They’ve arranged tours of each other’s neighborhoods where Muslims and Latinos shared a meal together. In May, they stood together at an Anaheim council meeting while leaders debated a resolution to condemn the rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s. Gradually, political and civil rights groups from both sides have begun seeing the commonalities between their struggles.
Hussam Ayloush, the director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations told the Los Angeles Times, “We must create synergy since we have the same battles for equality and for justice.”