Whether Sanctuary or 4th Amendment, American Cities Stand for Immigrants

Posted by Ali Albassam on March 28, 2017 in Blog

Attorney General Jeff Sessions took the first steps in fulfilling President Trump’s campaign promise to “defund sanctuary cities” on Monday. In the White House briefing room, Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would "claw back any funds awarded to a jurisdiction" if the Administration believes it is not abiding by federal immigration laws. Despite many media sources depicting Sessions’ announcement as “Breaking News”, the reality is that this is nothing new and may be more of a scare tactic than anything. Sessions announced no new policies, but rather reaffirmed the continuation of...

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The Arc of the United States to Receive Award for Institutional Excellence

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 14, 2017 in Blog

For the past 60 years, The Arc has played a vital role in fostering and maintaining advocacy by and for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 1950, a small group of parents came together with the goal of altering perceptions of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to ensure their own children would lead fulfilling lives. Since then, the organization has grown from a handful of dedicated individuals to a nationwide presence and a vital resource driving employment and health initiatives, public policy development, and critical...

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Chobani CEO to Receive Gibran Award for Individual Achievement

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 08, 2017 in Blog

From his earliest ventures, Hamdi Ulukaya’s career has been defined by visionary thinking and courageous action. Raised in a small village in eastern Turkey, he came to the United States in 1994 to study English. Seeing the shortage of options for the wholesome foods of his native country, Mr. Ulukaya launched his now-famed yogurt company, Chobani, in 2007 with the help of loans from the Small Business Administration. Within five years, Chobani’s sales exceeded more than $1 billion annually. Demonstrating profound support for the betterment of...

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Tell Your Senators to VOTE NO on David Friedman

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 15, 2017 in Blog

Watch the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Vote on David Friedman

On Thursday morning - at 10:30am eastern - the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has an important opportunity to put a stop to President Trump's radical re-definition of U.S. policy towards Israel and Palestine by voting NO on David Friedman.

President Trump has nominated David Friedman, previously Trump's personal bankruptcy lawyer, to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel. If you believe in justice for Palestine - call your Senators TODAY to urge them to VOTE NO. Friedman's far right-wing views on Palestinians, on what would be...

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Countdown Vol. 16 No. 1: Epiphanies of the Presidency

Posted on February 09, 2017 in Countdown

Countdown is AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad

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AAI Fact Sheet: Trump's 'Muslim Ban' Executive Order

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 01, 2017 in Blog

Get the facts about the Executive Order issued on Jan. 27th by President Trump, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  This Order is a “Muslim Ban” in practice. This fact sheet explains the authority President Trump has to issue executive actions, what the Order entails, and how it can be challenged.

Download AAI's Fact Sheet on the Muslim Ban

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Statement of AAI President James Zogby on President Trump’s Executive Action on Immigration and Refugee Admissions

Posted on January 27, 2017 in Press Releases

The Executive Order issued today by President Trump is wrong on so many levels.  President Trump's order to ban the entry of individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries to the U.S. is a misguided act that will deny millions of Americans the opportunity to be visited by their parents, siblings, and other family members.   Similarly, there is the President's decision to suspend our nation's refugee program. With one broad stoke, he has slammed the door on tens of thousands of innocents fleeing persecution and seeking refuge in our country. This heartless act is not based on...

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Human Rights, Civil Rights and Immigration Advocates & Experts Respond to President Donald Trump’s Immigration and Refugee Executive Action

Posted on January 25, 2017 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan 27, 2017 Contact: Jennifer Salan jsalan@aaiusa.org 202-249-9210 ***Briefing 6PM ET - Call-in Details: 515-604-9517 code: 843450*** Media Advisory  Rights Experts and Advocates Offer Analysis on President Donald Trump’s Immigration and Refugee Executive Action Washington, DC – Rights experts and advocates will come together to provide analysis on the community impacts and legality of President Trump’s anticipated Executive action on immigration and refugees one hour after an order is signed. Please join us on a call to hear directly from the affected communities and...

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ACT NOW! Urge Your Senator to Stand Against Illegal Israeli Settlements & Any Effort to Defund the UN (Pt. 2)

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 11, 2017 in Blog

There are now at least two bills in the U.S. Senate that threaten to defund the United Nations because of the passage of UNSC 2334: The "Safeguard Israel Act," a bill written by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Ted Cruz, will immediately defund the United Nations and any UN agency if UNSC 2334 is not repealed. S. Res 6, which condemns the recent UN Security Council resolution stating the illegality of Israeli settlements. This bill was introduced by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and goes on to warn United Nations agencies that if they were...

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Washington Watch: Iranians are Dissatisfied

Posted on January 07, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby In the lead-up to Iran's presidential elections, a new Zogby Research Services (ZRS) poll shows that the Iranian people are not happy with either their economic situation or their government's priorities and performance. The ZRS poll was conducted in the last quarter of 2016 for the Sir Bani Yas Forum (SBY) and involved face-to-face interviews with over 1,000 Iranians nationwide. The results of this year's survey established growing dissatisfaction among Iranians and stood in marked contrast to the findings of our 2014 and 2015 SBY surveys of public opinion in Iran.  

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