Oh, Pesky 14th Amendment- Can’t You Just Go Away? �

Posted by on August 04, 2010 in Blog
Those behind SB 1070 are not going to wait around for the federal government to get their act together. Arizona State Representative Russell Pearce, a sponsor of SB 1070, has recently expressed interest in introducing legislation this fall that would deny birth certificates to children born in Arizona to parents who are not legally in the U.S. That's right; he is attempting to deny them the American citizenship accorded to them by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
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A Proud Day for New York

Posted by on August 03, 2010 in Blog
With the way the great majority of New Yorkers and their elected officials have acted, today was a proud day for New York -- and for our country.
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Palin, Gingrich, and the Muslim Community Center in Manhattan

Posted by on August 02, 2010 in Blog
Much has been made of the controversy surrounding the building of an Islamic cultural center (which would include a mosque) in lower Manhattan. Since only those who equate Islam with the actions of the 9/11 terrorists can logically deem it offensive for an Islamic center to exist near ground zero, opposition to the center was confined to the typical bigoted fringe circles� until leading Republican presidential contenders afforded them legitimacy by joining the anti-Muslim chorus.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: P.J. Crowley, Robert Wexler, Hilary Shelton

Posted on August 02, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: July 29, 2010 On Thursday’s edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby: P.J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the State Department; Honorable Robert Wexler, former Florida Congressman and President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace; Hilary Shelton, Director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau.
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Citing Conflict With Federal Law, Department of Justice Challenges Arizona Immigration Law

Posted on July 06, 2010 in Washington Watch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010  www.justice.gov  WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice challenged the state of Arizona’s recently passed immigration law, S.B. 1070, in federal court today.   In a brief filed in the District of Arizona, the Department said S.B. 1070 unconstitutionally interferes with the federal government’s authority to set and enforce immigration policy, explaining that “the Constitution and federal law do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the country.”  A patchwork of state and local policies would seriously disrupt federal immigration enforcement.  Having enacted its own immigration policy...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Laura Murphy, Celinda Lake, Farhana Khera, Abdullah Abdullah

Posted on May 20, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: May 20, 2010 On Thursday’s edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby: Laura Murphy, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Washington Legislative Office; Celinda Lake, Political Strategist and President of Lake Research Partners; Farhana Khera, Executive Director of Muslim Advocates and the National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML). Abdullah Abdullah, former Afghanistan Foreign Minister and Political opposition leader to current Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
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AAI Supports Repairing Our Immigration System

Posted on May 05, 2010 in Action Alerts

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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Viewpoint with James Zogby: David Frum, Bruce Morrison, Amjad Atallah, Ahmed Ahmed

Posted on April 30, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: April 29, 2010 On Thursday’s edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby: David Frum, author and former economic speechwriter for President George W. Bush; Bruce Morrison, Immigration lawyer and former Congressman from Connecticut’s 3rd district; Amjad Atallah, Co-Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation; and Ahmed Ahmed, Arab American Comedian and Director.
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Arab Americans at the White House and on the Hill

Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Blog

On Thursday, April 22, the Arab American Institute (AAI), in cooperation with the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC), hosted over 80 Arab American leaders from across the country for an Arab American Leadership Day in Washington DC. The day included a White House Leadership Briefing, followed by a Capitol Hill Meet and Greet Lunch with members of Congress.

AAI worked closely with the White House Office of Public Engagement to organize the briefing with senior Administration officials to discuss issues affecting the Arab American community. Samuel Bagenstos, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at...

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Sign the Petition to End Racial Profiling

Posted on April 08, 2010 in Action Alerts

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


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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