Fasting for Immigration Reform

Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Blog

By Maha Sayed Legal Fellow

On Thursday evening, immigration advocates will end their fast in support of immigration reform. Since November 12, a group of faith, immigrant rights and labor leaders participated in the “Fast for Families” on the National Mall, a grassroots campaign designed to pressure House Republicans to take an immediate vote on a comprehensive immigration reform bill. H.R. 15, the companion House bill to the Senate immigration reform bill that passed in June, would tighten border security and provide a path to citizenship for the 11.5 million undocumented immigrants currently working and living in...

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Still Searching for a Strategy

Posted on November 20, 2013 in Countdown
The Daily Beast reported on more infighting between top Obama Administration officials on US policy in the Arab world. The flavor of the week is the United States’ policy on Egypt; not only are U.S. administration officials clashing over foreign policy, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to widen rifts between world powers, and between members of the United States Congress, over an Iranian nuclear deal; you may have missed it, but last week the Palestinian negotiation team engaged in US-brokered talks with the Israelis resigned.
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Boehner Rejects Negotiations on Senate Immigration Reform Bill

Posted by on November 14, 2013 in Blog
By Maha Sayed Legal Fellow Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday said the House of Representatives will not consider the bipartisan immigration bill that passed the Senate, and will therefore eliminate any prospects for comprehensive immigration reform to pass Congress this year. In his statement, Boehner made clear that the House leadership has “no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill,” presenting a major obstacle for immigration reform advocates and pushing the issue to 2014.
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AAI Hosts Immigration Town Hall with Congressman Chris Van Hollen

Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Blog

By Isaac Levey Legal Fellow

On Sunday afternoon, AAI teamed with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) to host a town hall on immigration reform with a leading Member of Congress; an important White House adviser; and an immigration lawyer and advocate. The event, entitled The Road to Immigration, provided a very helpful and informative discussion about one of the most important issues facing both the Arab American community and the United States as a whole: how to reform our broken immigration system and still remain true to the promise of this country as...

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A Defeat for State Anti-Immigrant Legislation

Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Blog
By Maha Sayed Legal Fellow Louisiana Supreme Court Strikes Down Anti-Immigrant Law The Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a state law that criminalized non-citizens for driving without proof that they are lawfully present in the United States. The law, Section 14:100.13, punished immigrants for failing to carry documentation establishing their lawful status while operating a vehicle, and carried a sentence of up to one year of prison with hard labor and a one thousand dollar fine. The Louisiana legislature enacted the law in 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, as a part of a series of laws intended to prevent terrorism on the highways. However, the law has been heavily criticized for its systematic racial profiling of the Latino community, and for failing to further the stated purpose of preventing acts of terrorism.
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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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