Top Ten Quotes From Today's Fourth Circuit Opinion Against the #MuslimBan

Posted by Ryan Suto on February 15, 2018 in Blog

Today the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in IRAP v. Trump, another case regarding the President’s Proclamation from last fall, popularly termed Muslim Ban 3.0.

The court has previous ruled against iterations of the Muslim Ban, and here ruled 9-4 against the Administration, holding that the Muslim Ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment’s prohibition against the governmental establishment of religion.

While the Supreme Court has held that the Ban can remain in effect until the Court itself rules on the issue. The Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in April. As such, instead of...

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Countdown Vol 17 No 14: Emboldened Lashes and Backlashes

Posted on February 09, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 157 days since President Trump moved to end DACA, and Congress has yet to save it.

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Countdown Vol. 17 No. 13: Misrepresented Realities

Posted on February 02, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 150 days since President Trump moved to end DACA, and Congress has yet to save it.

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Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria

Posted on January 31, 2018 in Press Releases

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org 

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2018

Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria:

Today the Department of Homeland Security failed to re-designate Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and instead opted only to renew TPS for those Syrians who are already registered. Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement in response: While we are pleased the Department of Homeland Security saw fit to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians who have already registered, we are deeply disappointed that the Trump Administration has refused...

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Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 31, 2018 in Blog

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org 

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2018

Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria:

Today the Department of Homeland Security failed to re-designate Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and instead opted only to renew TPS for those Syrians who are already registered. Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement in response: While we are pleased the Department of Homeland Security saw fit to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians who have already registered, we are deeply disappointed that the Trump Administration has refused...

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Looming TPS Announcement Raises Anxiety Among Syrians

Posted by Guest on January 29, 2018 in Blog

By Mona Ahmed

The fate of almost 7,000 Syrians residing in the U.S. with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will likely be announced on January 31. Prior to that day, the Trump Administration must decide if the program will be extended for another 18-month period from March 31.

TPS provides an alternative solution for Syrians that either don’t qualify for, or don’t want to commit to the permanence of seeking asylum, but need immediate shelter from the ongoing armed conflict in their home country. Unlike asylum, TPS provides no designated lawful...

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Good enough for government work? Joint DOJ/DHS terrorism report presents misleading data.

Posted by Kai Wiggins on January 18, 2018 in Blog

At yesterday’s White House press briefing, Edward O’Callaghan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department’s National Security Division, discussed some of the findings published in Tuesday’s joint DOJ/DHS report on terrorism and immigration. The long-overdue report was released amidst an immigration debate on Capitol Hill that has seen spasmodic eruptions in recent days. Questions regarding the timing of the release, which a senior administration official assured was merely “coincidental,” aside, the 11-page report has been the subject of many more...

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Failing our DREAMers

Posted on December 21, 2017 in Countdown Vol. 17 no. 9: Oh, What a Year!

Back in September we started a countdown within Countdown to Trump’s 6-month deadline for Congressional action on DACA. Don’t hold your breath just yet—there won’t be a deal on DACA until after the new year.  Minority Leader Chuck Schumer expressed hope for “[a] bipartisan proposal with both [the] DREAM [Act] and border security in the bill” next year. In keeping with how Congress swaps favors, the resulting legislation will likely be saddled with other deals, such as US-Mexico border security funding and sanctions against “sanctuary cities,” in order to secure Republican support. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans—still in the majority—seem in no rush to re-instate already-eroding...


In 2017 Races, Bigotry is the Loser

Posted by Heba Mohammad on December 18, 2017 in Blog

This year’s election results demonstrated Americans’ resolve to soundly reject bigotry of all forms when choosing representatives. That resolve was on full display in Alabama’s recent special election when former prosecutor Doug Jones defeated Judge Roy Moore with a comfortable margin to become the state’s next Senator. There was surprise at this victory, but, if the 2017 elections are indicative of a larger pattern, these surprise outcomes are becoming more normalized in a country with an increasingly alert and engaged citizenry.

The Alabama race had been written off as a done...

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