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Carlos Diaz 

Terror has had negative social impacts on immigration and the American public’s view on Muslims, and Government surveillance tactics. Terrorist attacks such as 9/11 exposed the lethargic immigration laws within this country. In result of the attacks xenophobia flourished after the September 11th attacks, Muslims became the primary target for unfounded hate. And increased government surveillance became a pressing issue that still resonates today.

After 9/11 Muslim Americans living in the United States were targeted for practicing their beliefs under the denomination of Islam. The media outlets failed to highlight the Source Image differences between Muslims extremists and devout Muslims. The outrage from the terrorist attacks became Xenophobia. This racism has had negative ramifications in the lives of Muslims in America. Racism expressed itself in attempts to murder innocent American Muslims, attempts carried out by white supremacists. The media portrayal of Muslims has been a negative one, often depicting Islam as an outdated religion embedded in a backwards culture. Surveillance agencies are now monitoring the behavior of Muslims in America, with great effort and disregard for people’s privacy.

The infringement upon people’s privacy and the American people’s fear of Islam are both effects of terror caused by Islamic fundamentalist groups. Terror emanating from Muslim extremists is making it harder for Muslim Americans to live peaceful lives without harassment and without feeling outcast by an American public who fears Islam. Terror is not only causing Islamophobia in many sectors of America but terror also hurts the lives of innocent followers of Islam.