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  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):



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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TSA Nationality Screening Guidelines Revoked

Posted on April 06, 2010 in Washington Watch

Announcement of New Measures Based on Intelligence Gathering Cautiously WelcomedChanging a hastily adopted policy set earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on April 2, 2010 that it is altering the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policy of heightened security screening for individuals – including U.S. citizens – traveling to and from 14 specific countries. With the exception of Cuba, the directive targeted individuals traveling from Muslim-majority or Middle Eastern countries with no regard as to whether the passengers posed an individualized threat. In announcing the new policy that will apply to all travelers, DHS Secretary...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: David Cole

Posted on February 26, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: February 25, 2010 On Thursday’s edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby – David Cole, Professor of Law at Georgetown University.
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Recap: AAI NY Town Hall Meeting on Immigration, Civil Liberties and National Security

Posted on February 17, 2010 in Press Releases

On Wednesday, February 17, New York Arab Americans from across the city gathered in Brooklyn for a Town Hall meeting on immigration, civil liberties, and national security issues hosted by AAI and cosponsored by seven local groups serving Arab Americans in greater New York, The Arab American Association of New York (AAANY), The Arab Muslim American Federation (AMAF), The American Mideast Leadership Network (AMLN), Arab American Family Support Center (AAFSC), The Salaam Club of New York, Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP-New York), and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of New York (ADCNY).

Almost 200 Arab American leaders attended the forum,...

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