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Hansdeep Singh, senior staff attorney for the United Sikhs, said people in his religion encounter prejudice at airports across the country. Oftentimes, Transportation Security Administration screeners make him feel like a “caged animal” when they call for someone to pat him down before he even goes through the metal detector because of the turban he wears. “What did I do wrong?” he asked.

Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis, Florida Republican, recalled the story of how his godmother was forced out of Turkey because she was a Christian.

“Religious persecution is an issue that has personally touched me,” he said. “I will always be there for you, I promise you, because this is an issue very dear to my heart.”