In March, an online petition was launched calling for the dismissal of the US state department in favour of the Department of State in the wake of the Charlottesville, Virginia, clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters.
In the petition, more than 2.6 million people had signed, with more than 4 million calling for its dismissal.
In April, the US government also removed the US State Department from its list of state sponsors of terrorism.
In September, a new government website was launched to allow citizens to share their views on issues relating to terrorism, such as a “counter-terrorism plan” for the US.
“There is absolutely no place in America for racism and xenophobia,” said the petition’s author, Shamsi Alavi.
“We are all united in the fight against racism and we will not accept a stateless and underprivileged population.”
Alavi’s concerns stem from the fact that the US is currently embroiled in a major conflict between US President Donald Trump’s administration and Russia over Syria.
The US has been in the process of withdrawing its troops from Syria since August, with the US-backed government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fighting on the side of the Russian-backed opposition.
The Trump administration has accused Russia of helping the Syrian government by bombing the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, killing hundreds of civilians and injuring more than 1,000.
Russia has denied this, and Trump has vowed to retaliate against any attack.