Family Separations Buried in the Trump News Cycle

Posted by Guest on July 18, 2018 in Blog

By Blaise Malley

Just one month ago, it was nearly impossible to go anywhere without hearing about the abhorrent family separation scandal at the border. As President Trump’s “zero-tolerance policy” took effect, over 2,500 children were separated from their families, and the administration faced perhaps its most sustained and widespread stream of criticism since coming into office.

Secretary of Homeland Security Krijsten Nelson and Senior Advisor Stephen Miller, the supposed architect of the policy, were confronted by protesters at restaurants and the President was roundly criticized by members of his own party. 

The outcry from the American...

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Immigration Resonates Across Communities as Elections Draw Near

Posted by Guest on July 06, 2018 in Blog

By Johanna Mustafa, Yalla Vote Field Organizer: CA Yalla Vote in California joined the Islamic Society of Orange County on July 6th for a “Friday Ummah Night” of dialogue paired with an interactive workshop. As Yalla Vote Field Organizer in California, I joined community organizers Monica Curca, Executive Director of Activate Labs, and Jessica Bravo, Coordinator at Muslim Latino Collaborative, to address the detention and family separation of Latinx refugees and asylum-seekers.  

Jessica shared her personal experiences as an immigrant in California, while Monica shed light on the stark difference in treatment she witnessed when arriving to this country as a 5-year-old Romanian refugee with 10 siblings. The history of...

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Countdown Vol 18 No. 4: Happy Birthday America

Posted on July 06, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 304 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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The Muslim Ban Is Still Not Enough Bigotry For The Roberts Court

Posted by Ryan Suto on June 27, 2018 in Blog

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled in Trump v. Hawai’i, the Muslim Ban case. By a vote of 5-4 the Court handed a significant victory to the Trump Administration. The decision willfully disregarded the open bigotry on the part of the president and his administration which formed the foundation to the Muslim Ban.  

For those immediately impacted, this decision means that certain visa holders and applicants from the following countries will continue to be banned indefinitely from travel to the U.S.: Iran, Libya, North Korea (well below 1,000 visitors per year), Somalia, Syria, Venezuela (only certain government...

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Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case, Trump v. Hawai’i

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 26, 2018 in Blog

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June 26, 2018

CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto

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Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case, Trump v. Hawai’i.

Washington, DC — Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case: “Along ideological lines, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s xenophobic Muslim Ban that discriminates against individuals predominantly because of their Muslim faith or national origin. A vast majority of those impacted by the ban are Muslim,...

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Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to SCOTUS Decision on Muslim Ban Case

Posted on June 26, 2018 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2018

CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto

rsuto@aaiusa.org / (202) 652-4984

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case, Trump v. Hawai’i.

Washington, DC — Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case: “Along ideological lines, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s xenophobic Muslim Ban that discriminates against individuals predominantly because of their Muslim faith or national origin. A vast majority of those impacted by the ban are Muslim,...

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Washington Watch: Lasting Damage to the "Idea of America"

Posted on June 23, 2018 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

The sights and sounds of Central American children being ripped from their parents by U.S. Border Patrol officers have, by now, spread across the globe. The experience has been traumatizing to its victims and deeply painful to watch. It has also done incalculable damage to the very idea of America.

This is June when we are supposed to be celebrating "Immigrant Heritage Month." Each year, I have taken this opportunity to recall my family's immigrant story—the opportunity and freedom they sought, the hardships they endured, and the remarkable progress they made in just one generation. ...

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The Unnecessary Moral Crisis

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on June 22, 2018 in Blog

By this point, most Americans have seen the horrible images of migrant children crying alone near our Southern border, or have read traumatic accounts of infants being held in government custody for up to a month at a time or being torn from their mothers while breastfeeding. This politically manufactured moral crisis has shaken the very core of what many Americans tell ourselves about our compassion and our role in the world. As such, there has been an incredible amount of misinformation and...

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Oblivious to the Irony

Trump aide and anti-immigrant champion Stephen Miller is a special guy. Not only is he a driving force behind Trump’s Muslim ban, but also behind the inhumane separation of families at the border. One White House adviser went as far as to describe Miller as a “twisted guy” who “actually enjoys seeing those pictures at the border.” It was not missed on us that Miller is himself the descendant of asylum seekers, who escaped anti-Jewish persecution in Belarus, only to turn around to himself...


Caged Humanity

The basic moral compass of the country is again being challenged by the Trump Administration. On our Southern border, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson admitted that the Department has separated nearly 2,000 minors from their families in just over a month. Media reports suggest these children are held in cages with little protection from high desert summer temperatures. The list of horror stories from this policy choice is too long for this post. Depending on which administration official you hear, the policy is either a


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