Below is the archive of press releases issued by AAI and stories in which AAI appears. If you are a member of the media and interested in talking with us, please contact Rawan Elbaba/Jen Salan (202-429-9210).

Rights Groups Call on Congress to Say #NoMuslimBanEver

Posted on October 18, 2017

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

Rights Groups Call on Congress to Say #NoMuslimBanEver

For immediate release: September 27, 2017 

(Washington, DC) This morning, the Arab American Institute joined 14 other organizations, including the ACLU, Amnesty International USA, Muslim Advocates, South Asian Americans Leading Together and NIAC Action, to deliver a petition with more than 110,000 thousand signatures to members of Congress calling on them to assert their Constitutional power and override the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban. 

The petition read, “We call on Congress today to rise to the challenge of putting country before politics and to protect the rights of all people living...

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AAI Statement on Dramatic Cut to Refugee Admissions

Posted on October 10, 2017

For immediate release September 27, 2017

AAI Statement on Dramatic Cut to Refugee Admissions

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to reduce refugee admissions.

We are deeply disappointed by the Administration’s decision to dramatically lower refugee admissions, especially at a time where there is such great need in the world. 

The Trump Administration has refused to accept any more than 45,000 this year, half of the previous administration’s plans and counter to the recommendation of refugee resettlement organizations, and  counterterrorism and military leaders. This decision is despite the United Nations’ determination...

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Justice Gorsuch Speech to Group at Trump Hotel Raises Questions

Posted on September 27, 2017

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE Justice Gorsuch Speech to Group at Trump Hotel Raises Questions For immediate release: September 27, 2017 

(Washington, DC) Today, the Arab American Institute joins 17 rights organizations to ask Supreme Court Justice John Roberts to stand for the integrity of the Court as a neutral and nonpartisan arbiter. At issue is an upcoming appearance by Justice Neil Gorsuch at the Trump Hotel to an organization, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS), tied to anti Muslim groups through mutual funders. Should Justice Gorsuch move forward with his address, rights groups will protest this appearance on September 28...

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Official Statement on Presidential Proclamation Regarding the Muslim Ban

Posted on September 26, 2017

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE Media Advisory  For immediate release: September 25, 2017

AAI Statement on Presidential Proclamation Regarding the Muslim Ban 

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s third try at the Muslim Ban.  

The Trump Administration’s attempt to window dress their Muslim Ban by presidential proclamation doesn’t fool anyone. The proclamation expands the xenophobic policies that discriminate against individuals predominantly because of their Muslim faith or national origin. It’s no surprise that facing Supreme Court arguments the Trump Administration would try to play one more shell game to circumvent a potential ruling. Shamefully...

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts: Civil Rights Protections at Risk Hill Briefing Highlights Impacts on Marginalized Communities

Posted on July 03, 2017

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Media Advisory 

For immediate release: July 3, 2017

Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts: Civil Rights Protections at Risk

Hill Briefing Highlights Impacts on Marginalized Communities 

[Washington, DC] The Arab American Institute will hold a briefing for congressional staff on how proposed budget cuts will impact civil rights protections for marginalized communities on Thursday, July 6 at 10AM.  

Under the guise of fiscal conservatism and shrinking government, President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget makes cuts across all agencies but defense, homeland security, and veterans affairs. While discussion of proposed cuts is appropriate for policy debates, the...

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AAI Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit

Posted on June 29, 2017

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

For immediate release: June 29, 2017

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 

AAI Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit 

Today, the Arab American Institute joined dozens of civil rights, religious, education and professional organizations to participate in the Department of Justice’s Hate Crime Summit entitled, "Identifying, Prosecuting, and Preventing Hate Crimes: What Works?” Upon conclusion of the event, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement:  “We attended today’s summit because the prevention and prosecution of hate crimes is a priority. We were pleased to be there with fellow civil rights advocates and Department of Justice career...

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AAI Statement on Passing of Longtime AAI Friend and Ally Fred Rotondaro

Posted on June 29, 2017

Fred Rotondaro, an Italian American leader, died on June 26th. He was, by every measure, a remarkable man. What many may not realize is that he was also responsible with providing Arab Americans political access at a time, in the 1970s and 1980s, when many in Washington refused to work with our community. Fred always led by example and took the time to teach Arab American leaders the nuts and bolts of ethnic politics. He gave our community a boost when others would not. He was there for the...

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Statement on Sebastian Gorka

Posted on June 23, 2017

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

June 23, 2017

Following the Daily Beast’s reporting that Sebastian Gorka delivered an anti-Muslim lecture to FBI officials in August 2016, long after the agency was ordered to end bigoted presentations, the Arab American Institute’s Executive Director, Maya Berry, issued the following statement about Gorka, who continues to serve as Deputy Assistant to President Trump:

“Sadly, Gorka’s views are all too well known to us. He has made demonization of Muslims his full-time job regardless of the title he holds or who he is speaking to. Although he’s never hid his horrific...

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Hill Briefing to Discuss Rise of Hate Groups, Hate Crimes & Formulating a Response

Posted on June 23, 2017

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE 

Media Advisory:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2017

Contact: Jennifer Salan jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

Hill Briefing to Discuss Rise of Hate Groups, Hate Crimes & Formulating a Response

[Washington, DC] The Arab American Institute will hold a briefing for congressional staff on the increase in hate groups and hate crimes on Tuesday, June 27 at 10AM.

The Southern Poverty Law Center found 867 incidents of hate in the first 10 days following the November election, including more than 300 where the target was Muslim or immigrant. The SPLC also found an increase in the number of hate...

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AAI Statement on Detentions of Iraqi Americans

Posted on June 12, 2017

The Arab American Institute is deeply disturbed by news of the detentions and planned deportation of Arab Americans from our Chaldean and broader Iraqi community. The clear majority of these individuals are family men and successful members of their community who have taken responsibility for past offenses. Some attorneys are suggesting that to detain and deport them after they have already paid their debt to society subjects them to double jeopardy. Additionally, since their deportation means they will be returned to an active conflict zone, it’s a sentence that could cost them their lives. 

Not unlike other immigrant...

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