NEW YORK - Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton visited Jackson Heights section of Queens, a borough of New York City, where she met with representatives of a culturally diverse group - Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis and Nepalis -  who apprised her of issues of concern to their communities. 

Congressman Joe Crowley, who accompanied Mrs. Clinton, told reporters that some of representatives said they personally encountered racism, Islamophobia and hate while here, and expressed fear about the similarity in the rhetoric perpetuated by Republican candidate Donald Trump, who is from Jamaica Estates, Queens.

Mrs. Clinton was delighted to meet with Fatima Baryab Saleh, a young Pakistani-American girl who presented her with a Swati cap that she named after Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Laureate. “Wear 'Malala Cap' and defeat extremism,”  Mrs Clinton said in accepting Fatima’s vision for sending a strong message to extremists the world over. 

At the meeting with community leaders, which took place at a South Asian restaurant, Clinton slammed Trump, remarking that while he may be from the most diverse county in the world, he doesn't seem to respect diversity.

The Democratic candidate said that the Republican front-runner's words are "hurting our country" and "potentially undermining the safety of our people." "I have been speaking out against Trump and I will continue to speak out against him,” she said. The Democratic front-runner also stopped to take questions from reporters before heading out. She told reporters that Trump's “rhetoric, his divisiveness, his incitement … is absolutely unacceptable and needs to be called out.”

She also spoke about her Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders, remarking that she's looking forward to a "lively" debate on Thursday in Brooklyn. "Under the bright spotlights and scrutiny here in New York, Sen. Sanders has had trouble answering questions” on how he’d deal with the banks and how he’d approach foreign policy, she said. Clinton didn't eat while at the restaurant, but she did take two to-go bags packed with freshly-made version of what was offered at Monday's lunch buffet among other dishes.

— according to restaurant management. Agha Saleh, a Pakistani-American  who co-founded non-profit SUKHI New York, met with Clinton back in 1999 at the diner, when he was in his third year as a resident of the United States.

He gave her a letter then outlining some of his experiences as an immigrant. At Monday's event, he said a lot of what he told her then was the same now. "I explained to her how I feel about being in America, how we pursued the dream," he said. "People come to this land for the opportunities and for the safety, and I'm proud to have come here."