Grace Meng Invites Pakistani American NYPD Officer as Guest for Obama’s SOTU Speech
New York Democrat Congresswoman Grace Meng has found a unique way to support Muslims in America and rebuff the Republican presidential front-runner and businessman Donald Trump’s vicious invective against Muslims: she has invited as her guest a Pakistani American New York Police Department (NYPD) officer, Lt. Adeel Rana, as her guest at president Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, on Tuesday.
Though Meng announced that the invite to Rana – who is President of the NYPD Muslim Officers Society – was an effort to combat rising anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States, the politics behind it is unquestionable.
Rana is a naturalized American citizen who immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan in the 1980s. He is a U.S. Army veteran and served at Ground Zero after the 9/11 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, in a statement to The American Bazaar. “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.”