A local chapter Council of American-Islamic Relations is asking for stepped-up safety measures after it received a hate-filled letter warning Muslims to "get out of Dodge."
According to the Connecticut chapter of the council, the letter was addressed to the Islamic Center of New Haven's West Haven facility and specifically said "children of Satan."
CAIR said its chapters in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia and California have received the letter.
"You Muslims are a vile and filthy people. Your mothers are whores and your fathers are dogs. You are evil. You worship the devil. But your day of reckoning has arrived.
There’s a new sheriff in town — President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you Muslims. He’s going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews. You Muslims would be wise to pack your bags and get out of Dodge.
This is a great time for Patriotic Americans. Long live President Trump and God bless the USA."
The Connecticut chapter's executive director released a statement.
"This act of a hate campaign targeting a Connecticut house of worship must be investigated by state and federal law enforcement authorities, and our state's leaders should speak out against the growing anti-Muslim bigotry that inevitably leads to such incidents," CT-CAIR Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi said in e news release.
CAIR's national office has noted a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups since the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Other Muslim leaders said as a result, it's strengthened their partnerships with law enforcement.
"As strong as the shield is on the uniform of every police officer, every FBI agent, that is how strong this partnership is," said Salam Al-Marayati, a California Muslim leader.
Mohamed Dib, who has worshiped at the center since 1996, said while the letter is unsettling, he's not shocked.
"Just after the election, a lot of hate crimes occurred across the country, unfortunately,” Dib said.
"It's not just fear, we're very concerned four our safety, as a Muslim-American community,” Reem Nahlawi, of the Connecticut Chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations.
She said since the election, there have been more than 100 reported hate crimes targeting Muslims.
She adds there will be a meeting with the local police, the Imam, and the community.
"Orange Police are doing a great job, West Haven Police...We are very confident in the security around us,” Dib said.
Police around the state said they are working with local mosques. West Haven police said they are providing extra patrols and attention in the immediate area.
The police in Orange, where the headquarters for Islamic Center of New Haven is located, said they were working with other departments across the country including some in California and Pennsylvania.
The chapters are urging all Muslim Americans to take extra precautions and report any issues.
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