We travel to Cleveland, Ohio, to explore how the growing Arab American population in the U.S. is countering the rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric heard on the campaign trail by becoming more involved in electoral politics. ABTN follows leaders in the Arab American community to report how, in response to vitriolic sloganeering and threats of bans and deportations, Muslim and Christian voters of Arab descent are finding their political voice.
Airdate on PBS: September 6, 2016
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Arab immigrants have been settling in the U.S. since the 1880s and more than 80% of them are now U.S. citizens.
Most Arab Americans are Christian –63%– compared to 24% Muslim and 13% of other or no religious affiliation.
Islam is the fastest growing religion in America, with an estimated 3.3 million Muslims living in the U.S. today—up from 1 million in 2000.
Nearly 3.6 million Americans trace their roots to an Arab country, the majority from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Egypt and Iraq.