AAI Joins Rights and Immigration Allies to Stand for DACA and Diversity Visas

Posted on November 02, 2017 in Press Releases

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

Nov. 2, 2017

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AAI Joins Rights and Immigration Allies to Stand for DACA and Diversity Visas

WASHINGTON - Today the Arab American Institute joined civil rights and immigration allies to call on the Trump Administration and members of Congress to pass and sign the bipartisan Dream Act and to preserve the diversity visa lottery system. The joint statement follows a White House meeting with Republican senators on the future of immigrant youth. Reports indicate that the President and Republicans decided to exclude a DACA fix from the must-pass year-end spending bill. 

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AAI Joins Rights and Immigration Allies to Stand for DACA and Diversity Visas

Posted by Arab American Institute on November 02, 2017 in Blog

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

Nov. 2, 2017

For immediate release: 

AAI Joins Rights and Immigration Allies to Stand for DACA and Diversity Visas

WASHINGTON - Today the Arab American Institute joined civil rights and immigration allies to call on the Trump Administration and members of Congress to pass and sign the bipartisan Dream Act and to preserve the diversity visa lottery system. The joint statement follows a White House meeting with Republican senators on the future of immigrant youth. Reports indicate that the President and Republicans decided to exclude a DACA fix from the must-pass year-end spending bill. 

In addition to the...

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AAI Joins Amicus on DACA

Posted by Ryan Suto on November 01, 2017 in Blog

Early in September President Trump announced a plan to end the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months, allegedly in an attempt to invite Congress to act to reform the program legislatively. The program allows those who are undocumented and came to the United States as children, called Dreamers, to obtain driver’s licenses, enroll in college, secure jobs, and pay income tax, but does not include a pathway to citizenship.

The DACA application process requires extensive personal data, with previous assurances that data would not be used for deportation purposes, with limited exceptions. However, the Trump Administration’s 

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The Latest Muslim Ban Litigation

Posted by Ryan Suto on October 20, 2017 in Blog

Two federal court rulings this week constitute a third strike for the Trump administration’s attempt at enforcing a Muslim ban. The Administration issued an indefinite Muslim ban late last month, Proclamation 9645, prompting the Supreme Court to rule mootlitigation regarding the previous, temporary version of the ban. However, hours before the new ban was set to take effect on October 18, US District Courts in Hawai’i and Maryland halted a majority of the policy from taking effect, largely arguing that the new indefinite ban does not avoid the statutory and Constitutional infirmaries of its temporary predecessors.

Rulings on the Latest Muslim Ban

On Tuesday Judge...

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Statement: Rights Groups Call on Congress to Say #NoMuslimBanEver

Posted by Arab American Institute on October 18, 2017 in Blog

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

Rights Groups Call on Congress to Say #NoMuslimBanEver

For immediate release: September 27, 2017 

(Washington, DC) This morning, the Arab American Institute joined 14 other organizations, including the ACLU, Amnesty International USA, Muslim Advocates, South Asian Americans Leading Together and NIAC Action, to deliver a petition with more than 110,000 thousand signatures to members of Congress calling on them to assert their Constitutional power and override the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban.

The petition read, “We call on Congress today to rise to the challenge of putting country before politics and to protect the rights of all people living...

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Rights Groups Call on Congress to Say #NoMuslimBanEver

Posted on October 18, 2017 in Press Releases

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

Rights Groups Call on Congress to Say #NoMuslimBanEver

For immediate release: September 27, 2017 

(Washington, DC) This morning, the Arab American Institute joined 14 other organizations, including the ACLU, Amnesty International USA, Muslim Advocates, South Asian Americans Leading Together and NIAC Action, to deliver a petition with more than 110,000 thousand signatures to members of Congress calling on them to assert their Constitutional power and override the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban. 

The petition read, “We call on Congress today to rise to the challenge of putting country before politics and to protect the rights of all people living...

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Tell Congress to Rescind the Muslim Ban Immediately #NoMuslimBanEver

Posted on October 16, 2017 in Action Alerts

We have joined several other organizations in a letter to Congress asking them to rescind the Muslim Ban immediately. Sign on to the petition here.

The Trump administration has once again rolled out a new version of its Muslim ban, although this time it has no end date. 

The American people rejected Trump’s bans and rallied at airports across the country in January. Several court decisions have struck down Trump’s un-Constitutional and un-American attempts to turn the President’s campaign promise of “a total and complete shutdown of all Muslims entering the United States” into policy.

Yet,...

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Evading Review: The Administration’s Muslim Ban Arguments

Posted by Ryan Suto on October 10, 2017 in Blog

The Trump Administration’s consolidated Muslim Ban cases, Trump v. IRAP and Trump v. Hawaii, were set for oral arguments today, October 10. However, the president released a Proclamation late last month to replace the challenged Executive Order, prompting the Supreme Court to remove the case from the argument calendar and request briefs on October 5 detailing whether litigation surrounding the now overridden and expired Executive Order is moot and thus should be denied further consideration.

The Government’s filing asserted that this case reaches the very definition of moot, arguing that the plaintiffs are asking the Court to address an issue of no practical importance by litigating...

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The Attempt to Make the Muslim Ban Permanent

Posted by Ryan Suto on October 03, 2017 in Blog

On September 24, the Trump White House released a new Presidential Proclamation effective October 18, which essentially makes permanent the temporary Muslim/refugee Ban the president signed earlier this year. The Proclamation, like Trump’s previous Muslim Ban actions, relies on the fundamental assumption that foreigners, and specifically Muslims and Arabs, pose a heightened threat. Arguing “...foreign nationals who may commit, aid, or support acts of terrorism, or otherwise pose a safety threat…” the Administration holds tightly to creating xenophobic fears, despite no existing evidence to show that foreign nationals commit crimes at greater rates than citizens.

Whereas the temporary travel ban, EO 13780,...

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