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The anti-Muslim movement in Minnesota is growing this year, especially during the midterm election, leaders from the Center for American Islamic Relations Minnesota (CAIR-MN) and Isaiah, a coalition of faith communities, said Tuesday.

The two groups released a report, “Minnesota’s Anti-Muslim Propaganda Mill,” identifying who they think is financing and producing anti-Muslim rhetoric in the state.

“The focus is now shifting toward [anti-Muslim]. It started to shift in 2016 elections, and now it’s doubling down in 2018 elections,” said Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of CAIR-MN. “That’s why the topic of refugee resettlement is a huge topic, but it’s really just a Minnesota Nice way of saying ‘We don’t want Muslims here.’ ”

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