Statement: AAI Welcomes Court Actions on Muslim Ban

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 16, 2017 in Blog

Once again, the courts are demonstrating there is a mechanism built into our system that protects our constitutional rights. The decisions of the judges in both Hawaii and Maryland halt the implementation of Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees and immigrants from six Arab and Muslim-majority countries. While the government tried to clean up this discriminatory action, the courts see it for what it is – exactly what President Trump campaigned on and what his staff have been advocating for – a Muslim ban. The actions by the courts yesterday are welcome news to all Americans who believe in...

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AAI Welcomes Court Actions on Muslim Ban

Posted on March 16, 2017 in Press Releases

Once again, the courts are demonstrating there is a mechanism built into our system that protects our constitutional rights. The decisions of the judges in both Hawaii and Maryland halt the implementation of Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees and immigrants from six Arab and Muslim-majority countries. While the government tried to clean up this discriminatory action, the courts see it for what it is – exactly what President Trump campaigned on and what his staff have been advocating for – a Muslim ban. The actions by the courts yesterday are welcome news to all Americans who believe in...

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Muslim Ban 2.0: Two Key Points You Can Fight Now

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on March 14, 2017 in Blog

Yesterday, President Trump finally unveiled the second iteration of his Executive Order temporarily banning refugees and visa issuances to individuals from six Arab and Muslim majority countries. While there are significant differences between the first and second versions, the Executive Order (EO) issued yesterday remains discriminatory, inhumane, without a factual basis, and counterproductive to U.S. national security interests. It is indeed a “Muslim Ban 2.0” and should be fought as such. While many focus rightly on the urgent legal battles, there are two under-reported points that...

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Washington Watch: Trump's Executive Order Is an Existential Threat to America

Posted on March 11, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby This week President Donald Trump issued a revised Executive Order (EO or Order) restricting immigration from six majority Muslim countries and more than halving the US refugee program. This version includes some significant changes: it is more carefully written; it removes Iraq from the list of countries falling under the ban; and it exempts those with green cards and valid visas. Nevertheless, it remains a false, dangerous, cruel, arbitrary, and bigoted assault on Muslims and the very idea of America as an open, welcoming society. The EO is based on the false premise...

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Faith Leaders Oppose New Travel Ban

Posted by Guest on March 06, 2017 in Blog

By Raneem Alkhatib

 Raneem Alkhatib is a Spring 2017 intern at the Arab American Institute.

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The data is in: Refugees and Immigrants are a plus to America

Posted by Guest on February 22, 2017 in Blog

By Raneem Alkhatib

“Everyone tells you that they have seen death with their own eyes, but God gave them a second chance, a second life,” Farhad Agajan says. Agajan works as an interpreter for refugees crossing into Greece. A second chance at life is what all refugees and immigrants crave. They look to Europe and the United States as a safe haven where they can prosper and give back to their new society. Sadly, Many Americans complain that refugees would be a strain on the American economy. The reality is much different with immigrants and refugees providing a net...

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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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Arab American Protest Against Bibi & Trump's Bigoted, Anti-Peace Agendas

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 08, 2017 in Blog
Arab American Protest Against Bibi & Trump's Bigoted, Anti-Peace Agendas
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Kentucky Students Lead Rally Against Muslim Ban in Lexington

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 07, 2017 in Blog

Nine middle school, high school and college students who set out to organize a protest in Lexington, KY around the Muslim ban got a response they never imagined. Some 1,000 people came out to join them in voicing their concerns on Sunday.   Bayan Megariaf, one of the organizers from Tates Creek High School, is Libyan American and has become deeply concerned about the Trump Administration’s policies towards refugees, immigrants, American Muslims and those of Arab descent. “We just want people to know that without immigrants...

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