Share Your Immigration Story

Posted on June 05, 2015

Please join the Arab American Institute in celebrating immigrant heritage by sharing your own "Welcome" story-- it could be about when you arrived in the United States, when your parents made the journey, or the story of a distant relative a few generations ago. We need to hear it.

As Arab Americans, we have always shared these stories with great pride. Now, we need to make them part of this wonderful national conversation in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

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Tell your Representative to strip out amendments that change U.S. policy on Israeli Settlements

Posted on June 05, 2015

The U.S. Congress is close to passing a two-sentence amendment to a Senate trade bill, and a similar one attached to a House customs bill, that will entirely change the U.S.’s policy in regards to Israel and its settlements. 

The amendments (offered by Senator Cardin and Representative Roskam) are framed as a righteous slap on the hand of the European countries participating in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS). But in truth, they erase the Green Line completely by conflating the Israel and its illegal settlements. When first considered the amendment was heatedly debated because it will in fact...

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Join the Fight Against Surveillance

Posted on June 01, 2015

This week the Senate will consider “reform” bills that claim to limit the NSA’s authority to conduct indiscriminate surveillance. But the proposed version of the USA Freedom Act does not end the bulk collection of U.S. citizens' data, nor does it offer protections to citizens from warrantless surveillance. The Senate should not pass such weak reforms, which instead of rolling back surveillance authority, validates its continuation.  If it were to come up as an emergency measure, the Senate should under no circumstances vote for a short-term reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act. Even a 60...

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Make Sure You’re Counted - Tell the Census Bureau You Support the MENA Checkbox

Posted on December 18, 2014

Last month, the US Census Bureau announced that it will be testing the MENA category for inclusion in the 2020 Census. This is a vitally important measure to correct the problematic under count of our community. Now that the Census Bureau has officially announced it's plans to test the category over the course of 2015, the Bureau is soliciting public opinions on the MENA category's inclusion.

Please join our campaign to support the MENA category's inclusion on the 2020 Census by contacting the Federal Registrar now.

To read more about our efforts to include the MENA category on the 2020...

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AAI Supports Repairing Our Immigration System

Posted on May 05, 2010

Arab Americans have actively supported efforts towards comprehensive immigration reform, and know firsthand of the profiling that will begin if Arizona’s new state law takes effect in August. We are concerned about the climate of fear and intolerance that is clouding the legitimate policy debate on fixing our immigration system. AAI supports the Real Enforcement with Practical Alternatives for Immigration Reform (REPAIR) proposal drafted by the Senate Democratic leadership, and urges our members to tell Congress and the Administration of our support for REPAIR.

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Sign the Petition to End Racial Profiling

Posted on April 08, 2010

In Partnership with Rights Working Group, we are calling for the Department of Justice to put an end to Racial Profiling, which not only violates our civil rights, but is also counterproductive from a security standpoint. Sign the Petition to End Racial Profiling Today (deadline is April 15th):

>>> http://www.rightsworkinggroup.org/content/actions

Background

The Domestic Investigative Operational Guidelines (DIOGs), revised in 2008 by the Department of Justice, grant the FBI, DHS, and other agencies the authority to investigate Americans without any evidence of wrongdoing, encouraging instead systemic ethnic and religious profiling to determine...

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Ask Congress to Stand United with the Administration in Opposing Settlements!

Posted on March 18, 2010

When the Netanyahu government announced during Vice President Biden’s recent trip to Israel plans for new settlement housing construction in East Jerusalem, the Administration rightly voiced opposition to the maneuver.

But it was not only the timing of the announcement, during Vice President Biden’s visit, that was so counterproductive to recent efforts to begin ‘proximity talks’ between Israelis and Palestinians. The substance of the plan, coupled with Israel’s recent provocative announcements claiming their “rights” in Hebron, Bethlehem, and the Jordan Valley, undermines the very goal of any peace efforts.

Vice President Biden, Secretary Clinton, and other senior...

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Tell your Representative to support immediate relief for people in Gaza!

Posted on January 29, 2010

McDermott-Ellison letter to President Obama

Moran-Inglis letter to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton

Contact Your Representatives Now

Two letters are circulating the House urging the Obama Administration to address the delay of promised assistance to the people of Gaza—one letter calls for immediate delivery of humanitarian aid, the other for increased access to education.

Congressmen Jim Moran (D-VA) and Bob Inglis (R-SC) are asking their House colleagues to sign onto a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by Monday, December 21 supporting increased access to higher education in the...

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Tell your Representative to support immediate relief for people in Gaza!

Posted on December 18, 2009

McDermott-Ellison letter to President Obama

Moran-Inglis letter to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton

Contact Your Representatives Now

Two letters are circulating the House urging the Obama Administration to address the delay of promised assistance to the people of Gaza—one letter calls for immediate delivery of humanitarian aid, the other for increased access to education.

Congressmen Jim Moran (D-VA) and Bob Inglis (R-SC) are asking their House colleagues to sign onto a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by Monday, December 21 supporting increased access to higher education in the...

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