Polling calls to US Muslims raise fears after Trump's win

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Muslims across the United States feared they were being targeted for surveillance this week when they received automated polling calls asking them to press one if they identified as Muslim or two if they did not.

Many worried President-elect Donald Trump was making good on his campaign promise to register all Muslims in the country or private citizens were laying the groundwork for a registry.

The calls were in fact sent out as part of a survey by Emerge USA, a non-profit organization seeking to empower Muslim-Americans.

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MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, studies during her math class at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, helps to move prom dresses for a fundraiser at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, attends her math class at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: With a U.S. flag in the foreground, Hannah Shraim, 17, left, talks with Elissa Suarez, 14, right, during a gathering of the Jaguar Ambassadors Club at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, left, talks with Elissa Suarez, 14, right, and other members of the Jaguar Ambassadors Club at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, walks past a student art image of a veiled woman as she helps to move prom dresses for a fundraiser at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, center, studies with friends for their final exams at a Starbucks in Germantown, Md., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. With Shraim are Mekhala Rao, 17, left, Bobby Sood, 18, and Megan Lynch, 18. An observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day, wears the hijab, and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. âSome of my friend not being my friends after I started wearing the hijab was unexpected. But overall I was focused on what would happen inside my high school,â says Shraim, âI never thought about how the outside world would react. I immediately noticed that when I would go outside people would definitely look at me and I would get more stares. So I noticed Iâd become more of a focus when I walked into a room. Now I can differentiate between curious stares and hateful stares. I didnât realize I would be drawing that much attention.â (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, center, turns to chat with other students before an after-hours study session for their math final at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, prays in her room at home after finishing her day at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, right, jokes with Mekhala Rao, 17, while studying for their final exams at a Starbucks in Germantown, Md., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, left, walks through the hallway between classes at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, has her makeup done by Farah Kuriashi as she prepares to attend Northwest High School's senior prom, in Germantown, Md., Friday, May 13, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, right, has her makeup done by Farah Kuriashi as she and friends Hannah Reid, and Madison Detlefs, prepare to attend Northwest High School's senior prom, in Germantown, Md., on Friday, May 13, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, affixes her hijab that she bought to match a special prom dress she ordered from a Turkish website that specializes in modest fashion, as she prepares to attend Northwest High School's senior prom, in Germantown, Md., on Friday, May 13, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, styles her hijab that she bought to match a special prom dress she ordered from a Turkish website that specializes in modest fashion, as she prepares to attend Northwest High School's senior prom with friends Lindsay Buck, 18, left, and Mekhala Rao, 17, in Germantown, Md., Friday, May 13, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, helps Hannah Reid, 18, to fasten the top piece of her prom dress as the close friends prepare to attends Northwest High School's senior prom, in Germantown, Md., on Friday, May 13, 2016. Shraim specially ordered her prom dress from a Turkish website that specializes in modest fashion. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Shelly Szanto, 18, center left, and Hannah Shraim, 17, gather for a ladies group photo as their prom group takes photographs in Germantown, Md., before attending their senior prom, Friday, May 13, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: After getting ready for her senior prom, Hannah Shraim, 17, poses with her mother, May Salloum-Shraim, for a photograph as a young girl exercising with a group runs past them in Germantown, Md., Friday, May 13, 2016. Shraim specially ordered her prom dress from a Turkish website that specializes in modest fashion. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Nails freshly manicured Hannah Shraim, 17, wears a wrist corsage as she meets her friends before they left to attend their senior prom, in Germantown, Md., Friday, May 13, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, left, next to Hannah Reid, 18, looks out of the limousine as her prom group leaves Germantown, Md., to attend their senior prom for Northwest High School, Friday, May 13, 2016. Shraim went to prom solo while most of the others in the group brought dates. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, left, and Madison Detlefs call to the other girls to gather for a ladies group photo as their prom group takes photographs in Germantown, Md., before attending their senior prom, Friday, May 13, 2016. Shraim ordered her prom dress from a Turkish website that specializes in modest fashion. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, center, stands next to Ashley Riddle, right, as their prom group takes photographs for their parents in Germantown, Md., before attending their senior prom, Friday, May 13, 2016. Shraim and Riddle both went to prom solo while the others in the group brought dates. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, gets out of a limousine to attend her senior prom for Northwest High School, Friday, May 13, 2016, in Silver Spring, Md., at the Fillmore Theater. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." Although not the only Muslim student attending her diverse high schoolâs prom, she was the only student wearing a hijab among the hundreds of sequined dancers that evening. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, right, fixes her headscarf as she takes a break from dancing and chats with her friend's prom date during Northwest High School's senior prom in Silver Spring, Md., on Friday, May 13, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." Although not the only Muslim student attending her diverse high schoolâs prom, she was the only student wearing a hijab among the hundreds of sequined dancers that evening. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, center, dances next to Shelly Szanto, 18, right, during their senior prom for Northwest High School, Friday, May 13, 2016, in Silver Spring, Md., at the Fillmore Theater. Shraim went to prom solo while the others in the group brought dates. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." Although not the only Muslim student attending her diverse high schoolâs prom, she was the only student wearing a hijab among the hundreds of sequined dancers that evening. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, right, dances next to Jahnavi Muralidarin during Northwest High School's senior prom held at the Fillmore Theater in Silver Spring, Md., on Friday, May 13, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." Although not the only Muslim student attending her diverse high schoolâs prom, she was the only student wearing a hijab among the hundreds of sequined dancers that evening. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, dances with a group of friends as they attends senior prom in Germantown, on Friday, May 13, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." Although not the only Muslim student attending her diverse high schoolâs prom, she was the only student wearing a hijab among the hundreds of sequined dancers that evening. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, center, dances with a group of her friends during their senior prom for Northwest High School, Friday, May 13, 2016, in Silver Spring, Md., at the Fillmore Theater. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." Although not the only Muslim student attending her diverse high schoolâs prom, she was the only student wearing a hijab among the hundreds of sequined dancers that evening. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Samantha Bischoff, left, compliments Hannah Shraim on her prom dress during Northwest High School's senior prom at the Fillmore Theater in Silver Spring, Md., on Friday, May 13, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." Although not the only Muslim student attending her diverse high schoolâs prom, she was the only student wearing a hijab among the hundreds of sequined dancers that evening. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, takes a break from dancing while attending senior prom in Silver Spring, Md., on Friday, May 13, 2016. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." Although not the only Muslim student attending her diverse high schoolâs prom, she was the only student wearing a hijab among the hundreds of sequined dancers that evening. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim attends a study session of her youth group as part of the Muslim American Society of Maryland, in Germantown, Md., Saturday, May 7, 2016. The members of the youth group are also members of Girl Scout Troop 3797, a faith based troop. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, second from left, attends a study session of her youth group as part of the Muslim American Society of Maryland, in Germantown, Md., Saturday, May 7, 2016. The members of the youth group are also members of Girl Scout Troop 3797, a faith based troop. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: Hannah Shraim, 17, right, leans against her friend Mariam Aiyad, 16, as the girls attends a study session with their youth group from the Muslim American Society of Maryland, in Germantown, Md., Saturday, May 7, 2016. The members of the youth group are also members of Girl Scout Troop 3797, a faith based troop. Senior class president and an observant Muslim, Shraim prays five times a day and hopes to become an advocate for Muslims in the United States. After convincing her parents that she was ready for the responsibility of wearing the hijab, she began wearing the Islamic headscarf in the 10th grade. It was a decision her parents were concerned about due to their fears of how strangers might treat her. "If Trump becomes the president then not just Muslims but a lot of people will live in fear of the future for themselves and their children," says Shraim, "given the scapegoating technique of pushing out minorities rather than focusing on how we can benefit everyone." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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The group created an algorithm to call Muslims for a poll on their views and experiences after the Nov. 8 national election, Sarah Cochran, director of its Virginia chapter, said on Wednesday.

Cochran said she had to reassure some call recipients that Emerge USA was conducting the poll, and an anti-Islam group was not using the organization's name as a disguise.

"All of our work is affected, where we can't get people to participate because they're afraid," said Cochran.

Since Trump's stunning election win, Muslims living in the United States have been on edge. One of his supporters has cited camps where Japanese-Americans were interned during World War Two as a precedent for a registry. Trump's choice for national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in a recent video described Islamism as a "vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people on this planet and it has to be excised."

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Wall of sticky notes in New York subway defies Trump
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Wall of sticky notes in New York subway defies Trump
Messages written on post-it notes decorate a wall that was started in reaction to the election of President-elect Donald Trump in New York, U.S., November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A woman stops to read and photograph messages written on post-it notes regarding the election of President-elect Donald Trump in New York, U.S., November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A young girl adds a message written on a post-it note to a display that was started in reaction to the election of President-elect Donald Trump in New York, U.S., November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A woman adds a message written on a post-it note to a display that was started in reaction to the election of President-elect Donald Trump in New York, U.S., November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Messages written on post-it notes decorate a wall that was started in reaction to the election of President-elect Donald Trump in New York, U.S., November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A woman stops to photograph messages written on post-it notes regarding the election of President-elect Donald Trump in New York, U.S., November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Post-election Post-it notes are seen pasted along a tiled walk at Union Square subway station in New York U.S., November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Post-it notes, many with politically themed messages, hang on a wall at the 6th Avenue subway station as part of a public art project entitled 'Subway Therapy,' November 10, 2016 in New York City. Artist Matthew Chavez, who goes by 'Levee,' created the 'Subway Therapy' wall to offer New Yorkers a chance to write down their feelings in the wake of the presidential election. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Subway riders leave post-it notes on the walls of a subway tunnel on November 10, 2016 in New York City. New York commuters are venting anger and frustration over Republican Donald Trump's shock victory by indulging in collective therapy -- writing messages on post-it notes and sticking them on a subway wall. / AFP / Catherine Triomphe (Photo credit should read CATHERINE TRIOMPHE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: People write and hang post-it notes, many with politically themed messages, on a wall at the 6th Avenue subway station as part of a public art project entitled 'Subway Therapy,' November 10, 2016 in New York City. Artist Matthew Chavez, who goes by 'Levee,' created the 'Subway Therapy' wall to offer New Yorkers a chance to write down their feelings in the wake of the presidential election. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: A man writes a message on a post-it note as part of a public art project entitled 'Subway Therapy' at the 6th Avenue subway station, November 10, 2016 in New York City. Artist Matthew Chavez, who goes by 'Levee,' created the 'Subway Therapy' wall to offer New Yorkers a chance to write down their feelings in the wake of the presidential election. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Matthew Chavez, who goes by the artist name Levee, talks to children about the messages posted on the "Subway Therapy" wall, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in New York. Levee started the installation in the underground passageway that connects the 1 train to the L train on 14th St., where people are encouraged to leave their feelings about the presidential election written on Post-It notes. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
EDS NOTE: VULGAR LANGUAGE - Post-it note are seen on the "Subway Therapy" wall, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in New York. Matthew Chavez, who goes by the artist name Levee, started the installation in the underground passageway that connects the 1 train to the L train on 14th St., where people are encouraged to leave their feelings about the presidential election written on Post-It notes. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Post-it note are seen on the "Subway Therapy" wall, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in New York. Matthew Chavez, who goes by the artist name Levee, started the installation in the underground passageway that connects the 1 train to the L train on 14th St., where people are encouraged to leave their feelings about the presidential election written on Post-It notes. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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On Tuesday, the Council of American-Islamic Relations posted on Twitter and Facebook asking about reports American Muslims were receiving robocalls on how they "identify." Meanwhile, others posted to their own social media accounts with questions about the calls.

One call recipient posted on Facebook "Not sure if this is a scam or this is real but I have surely reported and urge you to report as well if you get the same phone call. Welcome to the new world!"

(Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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