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WASHINGTON (AP) – California Congressman Mike Honda is praising a Muslim teenager arrested over a homemade clock mistaken for a bomb, saying the student has used his negative experience to raise awareness about racial and ethnic profiling.

Honda spoke at the Capitol on Tuesday standing alongside Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested last month after he brought the clock to his high school in Arlington, Texas, to show a teacher. Another teacher thought the clock could be a bomb.

Honda, a Democrat, and more than two dozen other congressmen sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch last month calling on the Department of Justice to investigate Ahmed’s detention and arrest.

Mohamed also visited the White House while in Washington. President Barack Obama invited him to Monday’s “Astronomy Night.”

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