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.
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...Read more
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:...Read more
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...Read more
Posted on September 01, 2016 in Countdown
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...Read more
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....Read more
Posted on May 07, 2016 in Washington Watch
Posted on November 23, 2015 in Washington Watch
It has been frightening to listen to the intolerant and near hysterical tone of the debate over admitting Syrian refugees into America. Despite the fact that conflating refugees with terrorism is irrational and bigoted, this notion has spread quickly with: most of the Republican presidential aspirants making frighteningly bigoted statements about refugees or Muslims, in general; more than 30 governors saying that they will not accept Syrians in their states; and 289 Members of Congress voting to restrict the ability of the President to fulfill his goal of increasing the...Read more
Posted by Rawan Elbaba on November 20, 2015 in Blog
In the wake of last week’s terror attacks in Paris, refugees have received increased backlash across Europe and the United States. More than two dozen Republican governors and one Democratic governor, including presidential candidates, have announced that they will not be resettling Syrian refugees in their states. Their announcements have limited direct impact, however, since there is no lawful means to refuse legally accepted foreign refugees. It’s ridiculous and baffling that refugees are being blamed for attacks carried out by the same people they were were escaping from in the first...Read more