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Obama Nominee Could Become First Muslim-American Federal Court Judge

News of the nomination comes amid a presidential race in which Muslims and Muslim-Americans have found themselves the subject of debate



    Carolyn Kaster, AP
    In this Sept. 4, 2016, file photo, President Obama speaks during a news conference in eastern China's Zhejiang province, alongside the G20 Summit.

    Muslim-American groups are applauding President Obama’s decision, announced by the White House Tuesday, to nominate a Muslim-American lawyer to serve in the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C. If confirmed, attorney Abid Riaz Qureshi would become the country’s first ever Muslim-American federal judge, NBC News reported.

    “I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice,” Obama said.

    Qureshi graduated Harvard Law School in 1997 and currently practices in Washington, D.C., specializing in healthcare fraud and securities violations.

    Advocacy and civil rights groups have commended the president’s nomination, which comes during the final months of a presidential race in which GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and his supporters have repeatedly called to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country.

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