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25 Senators Pushing Justice Dept. to Crack Down on Hate Violence

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A security guard stands outside the entrance to the David Posnack Jewish Community Center and David Posnack Jewish Day School after people were evacuated because of a bomb threat, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

By    |   Thursday, 02 Mar 2017 11:55 AM

Twenty-five senators are urging the Trump administration to take action against the "alarming increase" in hate violence throughout the U.S., BuzzFeed News is reporting.

The senators made their request in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday.

"Many members of racial, ethnic and religious minority community, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, live in a very real fear for their safety," the letter said.

"They are scared and it is incumbent upon you as our nation's chief law enforcement officer to demonstrate to them and all Americans that discrimination and violence against any individual because of who they are, how they worship, or who they love will not be tolerated in our country."

The senators asked Sessions to prioritize funding for the Community Relations Service and Civil Rights Division, according to BuzzFeed. They said the Justice Department should "reaffirm" its commitment to work with state and local officials in prosecuting hate crimes.

The Hill said the letter comes after "a recent uptick" in anti-Semitic incidents. It pointed out many Jewish community centers throughout the U.S. have received bomb threats.

The website reported the FBI is also investigating last month's Kansas shooting death of an Indian immigrant as a hate crime.

Trump, in his remarks before Congress on Tuesday night, noted the bomb threats and Kansas shooting.

"Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms," Trump said.

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