Muslim Millennials in the U.S.

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About 52 percent of American Muslims were born on foreign soil

A Pew Research Center study released on October 26 found that the American Muslim population is younger than what was previously thought . Millennials comprise 50 percent of the Muslim population in America. Millennials as a whole comprise 32 percent of the empirical American population, born between 1981 to 1999. Most of them came 'of age' after the 9/11 attacks.

The Pew survey showed 52 percent of the Muslim Millennials were born outside the United States. Among the adult Muslim population, 64 percent are registered immigrants. 58 percent of all Muslims were born in a foreign country.

This particular study comes after President Donald J. Trump announced his administration's plan to end DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The DACA program accepted 180,000 students in 2016. This number includes 3,000 students hailing from Pakistan, a country with a predominantly Muslim population.

Millennials comprise half of Muslim adult population in the U.S.

DACA was implemented by the Obama administration in 2012. This plan has protected almost 800,000 young and undocumented immigrants by stopping them from being deported. The program enabled individuals who entered the country as minors to study and work at the same time in America. The Trump administration canceled the program, as announced by Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General.

Muslim Millennials, despite all the negative perception stacked against them, continue to proceed along paths which have a high potential to change the perception of the public towards Islam and Muslims in general. The writer Nour Goda, who was born in Syria before emigrating to the United States, has noted in her article that this specific generation of Muslims is extremely able. In her 2016 article, for Mvslim, she said they do not conform to stereotypes. She also wrote about the representation of Muslims in the public sphere.

According to Goda, Muslim Millennials are extremely capable. Their capability enables them to take on a number of daunting tasks. She continued on to say that the Muslim Millennials do not wait for the Western media when it comes to defining their future. The media also define their identities, and most of them are not favorable at that. She said the present generation of U.S. Muslims is making history.

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