Meng Arranges for Muslim NYPD Lieutenant to Attend State of the Union Address as Her Guest; Officer’s Presence Will be Show of Solidarity Against Growing Anti-Muslim Sentiment in U.S.
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) announced today that a Muslim New York City Police (NYPD) lieutenant will be her guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday in an effort to combat rising anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.
Meng invited Lt. Adeel Rana, President of the NYPD Muslim Officers Society, to join her for the President’s speech, and he has accepted her invitation.
Rana is a naturalized American citizen who immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan in the 1980’s. He is a U.S. Army veteran and served at Ground Zero after the September 11th attacks as a member of the New York Army National Guard. He is presently the commanding officer of the NYPD’s Community Affairs Immigrant Outreach Unit.
“It will be an honor to have Lt. Rana at the State of the Union and I look forward to welcoming him to the President’s address to Congress,” said Meng. “His attendance will be a tremendous show of solidarity against the increased Islamophobia that has disgracefully spread across our country, and hopefully his presence can help combat it. I thank him for accepting my invitation, and for his commitment to standing against hate and fear. I will make sure the White House and Congressional leadership are aware of his attendance.”
“I am greatly honored to be invited to President Obama’s State of the Union address as a guest of Representative Meng,” said Rana. “I feel extremely proud for having received this invitation. As an American Muslim who has always been dedicated to serving my country and my fellow Americans, I see this as a wonderful opportunity to represent all the great Muslim Americans. There are many patriotic Muslim Americans – from all walks of life – who love and serve the United States of America including nurses and doctors who save the lives of Americans; teachers who educate America's next generation; and last but not least, the men and women of our armed forces and law enforcement who protect this great country. God Bless America!”
Meng was allotted one extra ticket for the State of the Union. The ticket will allow Rana to sit in the House gallery for the President’s speech. The event will also be historic since it will be President Obama’s last State of the Union address before he leaves office.
Please see attachments: Photo and bio of Lt. Rana. For the Muslim Officers Society website, go to: http://www.nypdmo.com/.