The Muslim Ban has begun: What we know

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on June 30, 2017 in Blog

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court issued a ruling on injunctions by two federal appellate courts, Hawaii and Maryland, implementing parts of President Trump’s executive order, banning citizens from five Arab countries and Iran for 90 days. 

Although the SCOTUS decision lifted parts of the injunctions against the ban, it did rule that the ban will not be implemented for those “foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” 

According to guidance released by the Trump Administration, spouses, parents, children, siblings or sons and daughters in law, and more...

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Together We Came: Hisham Matar

Posted by Guest on June 21, 2017 in Blog

By Haley Arata

Ten hours writing, three coffees, and two hours on the Internet: the magic writing formula for award-winning Arab American writer Hisham Matar. 

Matar was born in New York, grew up in Tripoli and Cairo, and now lives in England. Hisham’s father, Jaballa Matar, opposed the Gaddafi regime and when Hisham was young his entire family fled to Cairo to avoid political persecution. It was during one of early days in Cairo that Matar remembers hearing the words of the one of the most influential books to his life and...

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My Immigrant Parents

Posted by Guest on June 15, 2017 in Blog

By Razan Elbaba

My professor from my video production class at the School for Visual Arts asked us to film a video of our choice for our final project. After an extensive brainstorming session, I landed on the idea of telling the immigration story of my parents. The recent presidential election and subsequent Muslim travel ban encouraged me to delve into the harsh reality immigrants face coming to the United States.

After interviewing my parents about the specific details of their journey to the United States over 30...

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Injunctions on Trump’s Travel Ban Appealed to the Supreme Court

Posted by Ryan Suto on June 02, 2017 in Blog

Last night the Government motioned to stay the injunctions placed on the President’s second Travel Ban executive order which halts entry to the United States by citizens of five Arab countries and Iran. The injunctions, one by the Hawaii district court and the latest on May 25th by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, have continued to block the President’s attempt at singling out Muslims in the name of national security, often citing anti-Muslim rhetoric on the part of the Administration. The Government also filed an appeal of the Fourth Circuit’s decision to the Supreme Court.

In the filings the Government argues...

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Together We Came: Portraits of Arab Immigrants and their Descendants

Posted on May 30, 2017
In celebration of the 3rd annual Immigrant Heritage Month, AAI is highlighting outstanding Arab immigrants. Share your immigrant story to be included!
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#ArabAmericansLead 2017: Expert panelists talk immigration

Posted by Guest on May 05, 2017 in Blog

By Sam Leathley

At AAI’s Expert Debriefing during last week’s Arab American Leadership Days, Greg Chen of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Jen Smyers of Church World Service delivered a concise, realistic look at how immigration and refugee policies under Trump will impact the Arab American and Muslim American community.  

Beginning with an even, pragmatic tone, Chen acknowledged that many in the audience “knew this (the Muslim ban) was coming” in the months leading up to the election. Like many in attendance, Chen and other panelists had worked together...

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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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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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