No Help from U.S. in Death of Arab American Mahmoud Shaalan

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on December 06, 2016 in Blog

Last week, the White House issued a long overdue response to the death of U.S. citizen Mahmoud Shaalan. In a letter from the State Department, the Obama administration issued its first and only substantive comments on Mahmoud's death at the hands of the Israeli army in the 10 months that have expired since. During the same time, President Obama signed a massive Memorandum of Understanding with Israel promising $3.8 billion in annual aid for the next 10 years.  The letter is a disappointing admission that the U.S. is near powerless to ensure justice for Mahmoud. AAI President Jim Zogby said, "The State Department’s response to...

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Urge DHS to Rescind the Regulatory Framework Behind NSEERS

Posted on November 30, 2016 in Action Alerts
AAI joined nearly 200 civil and human rights, civil liberties, education, social justice, and inter-faith organizations to urge President Obama to take immediate action to rescind the regulatory framework behind NSEERS.
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National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS)

Posted on November 30, 2016 in

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.


Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: Abdullah Hammoud Proves Age is Only a Number

Posted by Joan Hanna on November 16, 2016 in Blog
WINNER! Meet Abdullah Hammoud, Michigan's 15th District State Representative
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From Refugee to St. House Race, Ilhan Omar Looks to Break New Ground

Posted by Guest on November 01, 2016 in Blog
WINNER! Meet Ilhan Omar was elected Minnesota State Representative, making her the first Somali-American legislator
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2016 Arab American Candidate: Sherrie Miday

Posted by Arab American Institute on November 01, 2016 in Blog
WINNER! Meet Judge Sherrie Miday who was elected to the Cuyahoga County Commons Pleas Court
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Los Angeles Arab Film Festival

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...

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Key Findings: The Arab American Vote 2016

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_concerns

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Arab American Voters 2016: Identity and Political Concerns

Posted on October 25, 2016 in Reports

Download the Arab American Vote 2016: Identity and Political Concerns poll release here.

Executive Summary

Political Concerns 

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...

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#YallaVote Watch Parties Take on Presidential Debates

Posted by Guest on October 20, 2016 in Blog

By Mahamad Omar

Mahamad Omar is a Fall 2016 Intern with the Arab American Institute.

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