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Muslim American group condemns Westminster graffiti

Wednesday - 7/16/2014, 2:12pm  ET

WASHINGTON - A group that represents American Muslims is condemning the anti- immigrant graffiti found at a former Army Reserve base in Maryland.

The message "No illeagles (sic) here. No undocumented Democrats" was spray painted onto the side of a building at the Westminster base that was suggested to house some of the child immigrants detained along the U.S. southern border.

"Our country is a nation of immigrants," says Zainab Chaudry with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which aims to protect the civil rights of Muslims and to support the Muslim community. "We're relieved that authorities have opened a criminal investigation and are taking necessary steps to ensure that whoever is responsible for this disturbing incident is brought to justice."

Carroll County officials objected to using the former base as a temporary shelter for the children and the federal government dropped its plans. Most of the children are from Central America.

State police are investigating the graffiti as a hate crime.

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