Sen. Graham Immigration Amendment Gives Green Light to Profiling

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Blog
Last night, the Senate Judiciary Committee adopted an amendment by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that would require the Department of Homeland Security to conduct “additional security screening” on applicants for legal residency if they are or were previously a “citizen or long-term resident of any such country or region.” The countries in question are those that “pose national security threats” to the US, but Graham’s amendments fails to specify those nations.
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A Special Take Action Edition

Posted on May 14, 2013 in Countdown
The Arab American Institute is collecting stories of American citizens who have been harassed, detained, or deported when attempting to enter Israel or Palestine. If you've personally been targeted by Israeli authorities in such an incident, fill out our Israel Border Harassment Reporting Form. All personal information will be kept private and stories will not be distributed without your expressed permission. As we make the case for why we should not reward Israel with visa waivers, we need to hear from you about personal accounts of Americans who have been unjustly denied entry based solely on their ethnicity, religion, political activism. We have a duty to educate our members of Congress, and let them know about the injustices at the border.
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TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Senators to Oppose Profiling

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Blog
The Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill (S.744) is currently in markup. Since the beginning of the national push for comprehensive immigration reform, we, along with our friends in Washington, have been working hard to make sure that any legislation includes provisions to protect Arab Americans and other communities impacted by racial profiling. As currently written, S. 744 addresses profiling based on race or ethnicity, but it also has two major problems:
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AAI Submits Statement to House Hearing on Boston Bombing

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Blog

The Arab American Institute submitted the following statement from Executive Director Maya Berry to the first House Homeland Security Committee hearing on last month’s bombings in Boston. Immediately after the attacks, false information about the motives, origins, and perpetrators of the attacks were widely disseminated by members of the media, elected officials and members of the intelligence community to an anxious American public. Predictably, and without any knowledge of the facts, proponents of increased surveillance and ethnic and religious profiling - practices which target the Arab American and American Muslim communities - used Boston to make the...

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AAI Submits Testimony to Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Immigration Reform (April 19, 2013)

Posted on April 19, 2013 in Press Releases

CONTACT: Omar Tewfik at (202) 652-4988

Washington, DC - April 19, 2013 - AAI Executive Director Maya Berry submitted the following statement for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation proposed by the "Gang of Eight."


Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley and members of the Committee: I am honored to submit this testimony for the record on behalf of the Arab American Institute in response to the introduction of the “Border...

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Timing Citizenship in America’s Economic Spirit

Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Blog
By Jade Zoghbi A recent study explored the impact of changing the immigration status of millions of Americans, and the effect the reform would have on the economy.
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Hagel, Hate Crimes, and the Holy Land

Posted on February 20, 2013 in Countdown
We’ve made changes to Countdown before, but not like this. Now, every week, Countdown will have an additional a video component. After we post the Countdown articles to the web, check back with us two days later because we’ll transform it into YouTube news clip complete with graphics and b-roll. We’re really excited about this, so please share the videos with your friends.
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What (Not) To Expect from the State of the Union

Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Blog

President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address tonight, amidst a flurry of political activity on the Hill. The speech will be his first substantive foray into the political agenda of his second administration, and many are hoping to get a sense of Obama’s priorities for the coming years.

Here are a few issues Obama will likely tackle tonight, and others that he probably won’t.

On Immigration

What To Expect

Obama has bluntly stated that he hopes to make immigration reform a top priority in the coming years. Considering the importance of the Latino vote in...

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House Group to Release Immigration Deal

Posted by on February 08, 2013 in Blog
The House Judiciary Committee held the first of many hearings Tuesday on Immigration policy. AAI submitted testimony for the record, specifically emphasizing the need for incorporating civil rights and civil liberties protections in immigration enforcement and prohibiting racial profiling.
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A Constitutional Guide to Assassinating U.S. Citizens

Posted on February 06, 2013 in Countdown
If you were disappointed with George W. Bush’s record on civil liberties, no need to worry anymore! President Obama’s assassination powers now make Bush look like a card-carrying ACLU member by comparison. Yesterday, a leaked Department of Justice memo made headlines for its Orwellian guidelines that determine the circumstances in which the administration can kill American citizens.
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