MUSLIM AND ARAB AMERICANS 2Muslim and Arab AmericansMuslims and Arabs are two different entities altogether, but many people get these twoconfused and assume it is one in the same. Arabs are an ethnicity or race. Arabs includeMuslims, Christian, and Jews, and are people from Middle Eastern countries. Muslims arefollowers of Islam, a form of religion. Anyone can be Muslim that embraces the religion of Islam.After 9/11 many Americans have stereotypical views against Arab and Muslims and have been problematic, even for American born citizens, arrested or help for long periods of timeagainst their will. Americans see a Muslim or Arab and assume they are a terrorist. Americansthink Muslims and Arabs are the same and they all mean to do America harm. Most Americansdo not know that Christianity and the Muslim faith are oddly very similar. In fact, it is nearly anidentical religious other than Muslims believe Jesus was just a prophet of Allah.Significant policy changes occurred post 9/11 toward Arabs and Muslims. In certaincountries a “twenty-day mandatory hold on all non-immigrant visa applications submitted bymen aged eighteen to forty-five from twenty-six countries, most of them Arab or Muslim”(2004) Cainkar. Another significant policy change towards Arabs and Muslims happened in November 2001 following 9/11 when “the Justice Department announced its intention tointerview some 5,000 individuals who had come to the U. S. on non-immigrant visas from Araband Muslim countries” (2004) Cainkar. Not only did it effect immigrants from foreign nations, but also American citizens, “In late June 2002, the Department of Justice issued an internalmemo to the INS and U. S. Customs requesting that they seek out and search all Yemenis,including American citizens, entering the U. S. As a result, Yemeni Americans were removedfrom planes and boarding lines, waiting hours for security clearances” (2004) Cainkar.