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Providence mayor creates panel to protect Muslim Americans
by Shaun Towne and Steph Machado
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has signed an executive order that he says is aimed at better protecting Muslim-American residents from discrimination.
The order, signed by the mayor Tuesday, establishes a new Muslim-American Advisory Board. The five-member volunteer panel will advise Elorza on policies that affect Muslim Americans in an effort to reinforce the city's founding principles of religious freedom, Elorza said.
Elorza said the decision to establish the board came in response to Donald Trump's election as president. During his campaign, the president-elect made mention of a ban on Muslim immigration and implementing a Muslim registry.
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