Countdown Vol 17 No. 24: Cruel but Usual Punishment

Posted on May 18, 2018 in Countdown

Gina Haspel has been confirmed by the Senate to head the CIA. This is yet another troubling and shameful appointment by this administration, enabled by the very Legislative body that’s supposed to serve as a check to the President. We have a lot of work ahead of us!

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Statement: AAI Responds to Inclusion of an Untested Citizenship Question on the Decennial Census

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 27, 2018 in Blog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 27, 2018

CONTACT:

Margaret Lowry, mlowry@aaiusa.org

(202) 652-4993

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the inclusion of an untested question on citizenship on the 2020 Census:

The decision by Secretary Ross and the Department of Commerce to move forward with the  inclusion of a citizenship question on the decennial census makes it clear that the Trump Administration is choosing to politicize the constitutionally mandated responsibility of conducting the census. This decision will deter many from responding to the decennial census, creating legitimate concern about the confidentiality of their personal information and fear about how...

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Statement: AAI Responds to Inclusion of an Untested Citizenship Question on the Decennial Census

Posted on March 27, 2018 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 27, 2018

CONTACT:

Margaret Lowry, mlowry@aaiusa.org

(202) 652-4993

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the inclusion of an untested question on citizenship on the 2020 Census:

The decision by Secretary Ross and the Department of Commerce to move forward with the  inclusion of a citizenship question on the decennial census makes it clear that the Trump Administration is choosing to politicize the constitutionally mandated responsibility of conducting the census. This decision will deter many from responding to the decennial census, creating legitimate concern about the confidentiality of their personal information and fear about how...

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The Battle for America’s Future: The Trump Administration’s comprehensive assault on new Americans

Posted by Ryan Suto on March 26, 2018 in Blog

While President Donald Trump has long expressed xenophobic sentiments during both his campaign for the presidency and his first year in office, 2018 has reflected a new urgency in his Administration’s inhumane attempts to remove from the country all who have legally significant connections abroad. These policies are aimed not at what America is now, but at what Trump and his allies want America to look like in the future.

The Trump presidency began with a relentless pursuit of successive Muslim Ban executive actions, justifying the prohibition of travel to the US any national from six Arab countries, Iran, and,...

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Countdown Vol. 17 No. 17: Of Torture and Truth

Posted on March 16, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 192 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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AAI’s National Policy Council Briefed on DACA, Immigration Issues

Posted by Guest on March 09, 2018 in Blog

By Mollie Todd

It has been more than six months since President Donald Trump announced that the DACA program would end on March 5. Although he promised to sign a bipartisan DACA solution, when one was offered he rejected it. To protect the rights of DACA recipients, California, Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota sued. Two federal courts agreed with the states and issued nationwide injunctions blocking the termination of DACA. Despite this an average of about 1,100 DACA permits have expired each day since March 5.

Given the significant issues tied to DACA, AAI invited Philip Wolgin, Managing...

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AAI Joins FOIA to DHS, ICE Seeking Transparency On Vetting Process

Posted by Guest on March 01, 2018 in Blog

By Mollie Todd   

The Arab American Institute has signed on to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, in conjunction with Muslim Advocates and dozens of affiliated organizations, to obtain records pertaining to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) so-called “Extreme Vetting Initiative.”  Currently ICE searches for information on visa applicants online, including on social media. Likely the plans for this program were created following President Trump’s January 2017 executive order that called for travelers to the U.S. to be deemed, “a positively contributing member of society” and capable of making, “contributions to the national interest.”  Under the Initiative ICE...

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ICE Virtual Dragnet: Social Media Vetting Briefing by the Brennan Center for Justice

Posted by Guest on February 21, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer

Social media, paired with discriminatory surveillance, has in recent years compromised a seemingly personal platform for thousands of Americans and immigrants. Last year, the Immigration & Customs Enforcement, or ICE, branch of the Department of Homeland Security piloted a new program for the monitoring of social media for immigrants and naturalized U.S. citizens. The Brennan Center for Justice gathered experts from the ACLU, Georgetown Law, 18 Million Rising, and the Center for Technology & Democracy on February 20 to discuss the threat to civil rights and liberties of ICE’s proposed next step in social media monitoring.

DHS has a...

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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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