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 Omar Baddar or Rawan Elbaba at 202-429-9210.

AAI Responds to White House Immigration Framework

Posted on January 26, 2018

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org  For Immediate Release: January 26, 2018 Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry:

In response to the White House’s release of their framework for immigration reform, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement: “The White House’s proposal on immigration is not a serious starting point for anyone, except those who seek to take our country back to a dark period in our history. The Trump Administration is attempting to radically redefine America’s immigration system with the gutting of family reunification and our diversity...

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AAI Joins 170 Rights Groups to Oppose DOJ's Attempt to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

Posted on January 10, 2018

The Arab American Institute and 169 civil and human rights groups, sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urging him to reject the Department of Justice’s request for Acting Census Director Ron Jarmin to add a new citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Download full letter here

Dear Secretary Ross:

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and the undersigned 169 organizations,...

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AAI Responds to President Trump's Decision on Jerusalem

Posted on December 06, 2017

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org  For Immediate Release: December 6, 2017 Official Statement from AAI President James Zogby (Washington) The following is a statement from Arab American Institute President James Zogby on President Trump’s announcement regarding Jerusalem: Listening to President Trump's announcement regarding Jerusalem was profoundly disturbing. It's a devastating blow: to Muslims and Christians living under harsh Israeli rule in occupied Jerusalem; to Arab and Muslim sensitivities; and to U.S. relations with our Arab allies. It also damages U.S. leadership worldwide, since we have now broken ranks with the E.U. and the rest of...

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Poll Shows Positive Shift Accompanied by a Deep Partisan Rift in Americans’ Views of Arabs & Muslims

Posted on December 05, 2017

Contact: Jennifer Salan, Arab American Institute

jsalan@aaiusa.org or 202-429-9210

For Immediate Release:

December 5, 2017 

Poll Shows Positive Shift Accompanied by a Deep Partisan Rift in Americans’ Views of Arabs & Muslims

This, in the face of an Increase in Hate Crimes & Bigotry

(Washington) The Arab American Institute (AAI) released a new poll today, examining American Attitudes towards Arabs, Muslims, immigration, civil rights, hate crimes and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The poll data shows American favorable attitudes of Arabs, Muslims, Arab Americans and American Muslims have risen to their highest levels in the past decade with majorities now having favorable attitudes toward...

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The Arab American Institute responds To President Trump’s Re-Tweeting of a White Nationalist Group

Posted on November 29, 2017

For Immediate Release

November 29, 2017 

Contact: Jennifer Salan, jsalan@aaiusa.org

The Arab American Institute responds To President Trump’s Re-Tweeting of a White Nationalist Group

Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Arab American Institute Executive Director, Maya Berry on President Trump’s re-tweeting of inflammatory ant-Muslim bigotry from a white-nationalist group:

This morning, the President of the United State retweeted three anti-Muslim tweets from Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the Britain First Party, a UK-based white nationalist group. As the President’s tweets are official statements of the Administration, these xenophobic retweets cannot be ignored.

The President’s hateful statements toward Arabs,...

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A Year After 2016 Election: Rights Experts Address Challenges & Solutions to Advancing Voting Rights

Posted on November 06, 2017

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Arab American Institute 

A Year After 2016 Election: Rights Experts Address Challenges & Solutions to Advancing Voting Rights 

Washington – Some of the nation’s most authoritative experts on voting rights will address current challenges and solutions to advancing voting rights one year after the historic 2016 election. The one hour briefing will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 10AM, at 121 Cannon House Office Building. Panelists will outline the barriers to enfranchisement that impacted the 2016 election, new challenges put in place since, as well as upcoming changes making their way through state legislatures and the courts. Participants...

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AAI Joins Rights and Immigration Allies to Stand for DACA and Diversity Visas

Posted on November 02, 2017

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

Nov. 2, 2017

For immediate release: 

AAI Joins Rights and Immigration Allies to Stand for DACA and Diversity Visas

WASHINGTON - Today the Arab American Institute joined civil rights and immigration allies to call on the Trump Administration and members of Congress to pass and sign the bipartisan Dream Act and to preserve the diversity visa lottery system. The joint statement follows a White House meeting with Republican senators on the future of immigrant youth. Reports indicate that the President and Republicans decided to exclude a DACA fix from the must-pass year-end spending bill. 

In addition to...

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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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