House Democrats Introduce Immigration Reform Bill

Posted by on October 03, 2013 in Blog
By Maha Sayed Legal Fellow Despite immense polarization within Congress surrounding the budget standoff that has led to the current government shutdown, House Democrats unveiled a comprehensive immigration reform bill yesterday that includes a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants working and living in the U.S. The House bill is viewed as a critical step forward to immigration reform and is intended to rally Democrats back to the immigration cause, while putting pressure on House Republicans to act on immigration reform.
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An Update on Secure Communities in California

Posted by on September 11, 2013 in Blog

Almost a year ago, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the TRUST Act (Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools Act), a bill widely considered the first serious challenge to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency’s Secure Communities program (S-COMM). Secure Communities mandates that all individuals arrested (not convicted) of a crime be screened for immigration status. The 2012 TRUST Act would have prevented California law enforcement agents from detaining suspected illegal immigrants and handing them over to federal authorities unless those individuals were suspected of committing a serious or violent crime....

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Calling it Like We See It

Posted on August 20, 2013 in Countdown
Though, in many respects, Arab American views toward Egypt’s continued unrest are in line with the deep division on the ground, we all agree the fighting must stop and that Egyptians themselves are the only ones who can carve out their own path forward.
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Reframe the Immigration Debate as an American Story

Posted on July 15, 2013 in Washington Watch
In October of 1984, I attended the annual dinner of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and heard campaign speeches delivered by then President Ronald Reagan and former Vice-President Walter Mondale. Mondale spoke first. His speech was a litany of promises on a string of issues and mostly fell flat.
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Countdown to Coup?

Posted on July 02, 2013 in Countdown
One need only watch the news for five minutes to come to the conclusion that Egyptians are deeply divided politically, and regardless of what you think about protests to oust Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, it’s clear that he’s in trouble. Polling and ongoing protests both reflect an anti-Morsi sentiment that may have profound implications for the president himself and for the office going forward.
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What the Senate Immigration Bill Means for the Arab American Community

Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Blog
The Senate in what was considered a monumental vote � passed the bipartisan immigration bill S. 744 yesterday 68-32. While the Senate immigration bill includes a much-needed pathway to citizenship for the 11.5 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the U.S, and offers an expedited road for DREAMers, it also includes a number of troubling border enforcement provisions that was adopted during the amendment process.
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Idols, Immigrants, and Voting Rights

Posted on June 25, 2013 in Countdown
The Supreme Court strikes down an essential part of the Voting Rights Act; the New York Times editorial board accuses the NYPD of "overreach" in its spying and Stop-and-Frisk programs; a vote on the Senate immigration bill is expected this week; and wedding singer Mohammed Assaf of Gaza is crowned "Arab Idol," giving Palestinians something to cheer about.
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The SAFE Act: Unsafe Legislation

Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Blog
By: Matt Haugen Summer 2013 Intern As Congress debates comprehensive immigration reform, many Republican Members are attempting to instead push through piecemeal legislation in order to avoid concessions like a pathway to citizenship for the 11.5 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the US. Among the first and most worrisome of these bills is H.R. 2278: Representative Trey Gowdy’s (R-SC) “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act” (SAFE Act).
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Adding Fuel to The Fire

Posted on June 19, 2013 in Countdown
Think our politicians have problems coming to consensus on fundamental issues? Well, the divisions among Egyptians highlighted in the new Zogby Research poll make finding consensus in Congress look like a walk in the park. One year ago, 57% of Egyptians said Morsi’s victory was either “a positive development” or “the result of a democratic election and the result need to be respected.”
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AAI Statement Opposing Immigration Enforcement Bill H.R. 2278, The SAFE Act

Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Blog

The SAFE Act, passed in the Judiciary Committee yesterday, is a misguided bill with a single-minded focus on immigration enforcement that will increase detentions and deportations and will create an environment of rampant racial profiling without addressing the fundamental flaws of our broken immigration system.

The bill was introduced in June 2013 by the Chair of the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), with the support of the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). 

The Arab American Institute applauds the efforts of the Members of Congress who have been working tirelessly to...

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