The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), otherwise known as INS Special Registration, was initiated in September 2002 as a domestic component to the “War on Terror.” NSEERS, a system for registration of certain non-citizens within the United States, required non-immigrant men and boys from predominantly Arab and Muslim-majority countries to report to an immigration office to be photographed, fingerprinted and interviewed. Those targeted by the NSEERS program were only permitted to leave the United States from specialized ports. Failure to comply with the program often resulted in arrest and deportation. There were criminal and civil penalties associated with NSEERS, including arrest, detention, monetary fines and/or removal from the United States.
Posted by Joan Hanna on November 16, 2016 in Blog
Posted by Arab American Institute on November 01, 2016 in Blog
Posted by Shadi Matar on October 26, 2016 in Blog
AAI was happy to turn out for the Los Angles Arab Film Festival recently and encourage attendees to #YallaVote! Californians from across the state gathered to enjoy realistic portrayals of Arab people, our culture, art and history at the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country. Held at the Harmony Gold Theater on Sunset Boulevard, the Festival enjoyed capacity crowds. AAI set up a #YallaVote information table to meet and greet voters as well as...Read more
Posted by Arab American Institute on October 25, 2016 in Blog
To download the full poll, please visit: http://www.aaiusa.org/arab_american_voters_2016_identity_and_political_concernsRead more
Posted on October 25, 2016 in Reports
Download the Arab American Vote 2016: Identity and Political Concerns poll release here.
In a survey of 502 Arab Americans conducted by Zogby Analytics between 10/4/16 and 10/12/16, Hillary Clinton tops Donald Trump among likely voters 60% to 26%.
The steady migration of Arab Americans away from the Republican party continues, with Arab American Democrats outnumbering Republicans by a 2-1 margin. A majority of Arab Americans support Hillary Clinton for the Presidency, citing her...Read more
Posted by Guest on October 20, 2016 in Blog
By Mahamad Omar
Mahamad Omar is a Fall 2016 Intern with the Arab American Institute.Read more
Posted by Ali Albassam on October 18, 2016 in Blog
As an Arab American growing up in a post 9/11 world, I faced a lot of challenges. Not only did I endure the attacks like every other American, but also the ensuing backlash in the form of suspicion, hatred, and fear. Suddenly, I felt like a foreigner in the only place I ever called “home” – forced to counter the growing myths that undermined my identity. These challenges are felt by millions of Arab Americans and American Muslims; they are unique, complex and ever evolving. Dr. Zogby, who has been on the front lines...Read more
Posted on October 18, 2016 in Action Alerts
Posted by Joan Hanna on October 17, 2016 in Blog
Arab American businessman Tony Khoury does not fit into a traditional box. Khoury is progressive on the environment, tax reform, and women’s reproductive and LGBTQ rights. At the same time, he holds conservative values when it comes to military strength and foreign policy. Khoury is running for U.S. Senate as an Independent in Florida against Republican incumbent, Marco Rubio, and Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, as well as four other third party candidates. After living in Florida for more than three decades, he is proud to represent...Read more