President Obama Dismantles NSEERS Ahead of New Administration

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on December 22, 2016 in Blog

The Department of Homeland Security announced today its rescission of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program. DHS called for “the removal of regulations relating to special registration process for certain nonimmigrants.” With only a few weeks left in office, the dismantling of NSEERS by President Obama is powerful as it upends the incoming administration’s plans to revive the program.  The Arab American Institute, along with over 200 coalition members have worked tirelessly towards dismantling NSEERS because of its discriminatory nature. In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, NSEERS came into effect...

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Urge DHS to Rescind the Regulatory Framework Behind NSEERS

Posted on November 30, 2016 in Action Alerts
AAI joined nearly 200 civil and human rights, civil liberties, education, social justice, and inter-faith organizations to urge President Obama to take immediate action to rescind the regulatory framework behind NSEERS.
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National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS)

Posted on November 30, 2016 in

The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), otherwise known as INS Special Registration, was initiated in September 2002 as a domestic component to the “War on Terror.” NSEERS, a system for registration of certain non-citizens within the United States, required non-immigrant men and boys from predominantly Arab and Muslim-majority countries to report to an immigration office to be photographed, fingerprinted and interviewed. Those targeted by the NSEERS program were only permitted to leave the United States from specialized ports. Failure to comply with the program often resulted in arrest and deportation. There were criminal and civil penalties associated with NSEERS, including arrest, detention, monetary fines and/or removal from the United States.

Sorting Fact from Fiction: The U.S. Immigration Process

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on November 22, 2016 in Blog

President-elect Donald Trump’s 10-point immigration plan has several problematic points seemingly rooted in xenophobia and a disregard for Constitutional values. Since recently reiterating immigration will be part of his early agenda it’s important to review what we know. One of the most concerning of his policies proposed on the campaign trail included a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States which later morphed into “extreme vetting” of foreign nationals from “terror-prone regions.” Very few specifics are available regarding Trump’s proposed vetting reforms and how they would essentially alter the current system. The so-called “Muslim ban” was...

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Arab Americans Oppose NSEERS

Posted on November 21, 2016 in Press Releases

Download here   For Immediate Release: November 21, 2016 Arab Americans Oppose NSEERS Coalition Calls on Obama to Dismantle Framework

  The Arab American Institute joined nearly 200 groups calling on the Administration of President Obama to do away with the framework of the discriminatory National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS). Full text of the letter below:

November 21, 2016

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:...

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Sanctuary Cities: What You Need to Know

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on November 18, 2016 in Blog

Now that Donald Trump has been elected President, the world looks to his first 100 days in office. In an address in Gettysburg, Pa. before election day, President-elect Trump laid out his plan which focused on several things like cleaning up Washington from insiders and lobbyists, protecting America’s workers, healthcare, and of course, immigration.

It’s no secret that Trump had some serious concerns over the state of immigration to the United States. In addition to building a wall on our southern border and "extreme vetting" of people coming into the United States from “terror-prone” countries like Syria and Libya, Trump has...

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RNC 2016: Immigration

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"Our immigration system must protect American working families and their wages, for citizens and legal immigrants alike, in a way that will improve the economy. Just as immigrant labor helped build our country in the past, today’s legal immigrants are making vital contributions in every aspect of national life."

"We are particularly grateful to the thousands of new legal immigrants, many of them not yet citizens, who are serving in the Armed Forces and among first responders. Their patriotism should encourage all to embrace the newcomers legally among us, assist their journey to full citizenship, and help their...

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DNC 2016: Immigration

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"We support President Obama’s call for an international summit to address this crisis so that every country assumes its responsibility to meet this humanitarian challenge [the global refugee crisis]."

"While Donald Trump proposes banning Muslim refugees, we will look for ways to help innocent people who are fleeing persecution while ensuring rigorous screening and vetting."

"We reject attempts to impose a religious test to bar immigrants or refugees from entering the United States. It is un-American and runs counter to the founding principles of this country."

"The immigration bureaucracy is full of backlogs that result in U.S....

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Washington Watch: Our Original Sins

Posted on May 07, 2016 in Washington Watch
In some of my writings, I have observed the way the US has, for centuries, absorbed countless waves of immigrants from many continents transforming them, in short order, into Americans—comparing this to the European situation which does not, as a rule, provide the same opportunities for advancement and inclusion.
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