“Settle their affairs and then return home and get in line at the back of the line.”

Posted on December 10, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“Secure the border. Once we do that, we can start talking about the 11 million or whatever number that may be that are in the country illegally. My own view is those 11-- 11 million people should register the fact that they're here in the country. They should be given some transition period of time to allow them to-- settle their affairs and then return home and get in the-- in line at the back of the line with everybody else that wants to come here.”

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“They get residency. And the pay a penalty in order to get residency.”

Posted on December 10, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“Well, I-- that's why you have the citizen review panel. The per-- the person has to have been here 25 years, have genuine ties to the community, be a good citizen, and have an American family sponsor them. And they still don't get citizenship. This is not amnesty. They get residency. And they pay a penalty in order to get residency. “

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“We should make deportation dramatically easier.”

Posted on December 10, 2011 in Campaign Statements

“I think most of the workers who are here who have no ties to us should go home immediately. I think we should make deportation dramatically easier. This is, I think frankly we oughta make English the official language of government. And we oughta have an effective guest worker program with very severe penalties for those employers who hire people illegally.”

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“We want those brains in our country.”

Posted on November 22, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"We want those brains in our country. But in order to bring people in legally we've got to stop illegal immigration. That means turning off the magnets of amnesty, in-state tuition for illegal aliens, employers that knowingly hire people that have come here illegally."

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“That will only encourage more people to do the same thing.”

Posted on November 22, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"But to say that we're going to say to the people who have come here illegally that now you're all going to get to stay or some large number are going to get to stay and become permanent residents of the United States, that will only encourage more people to do the same thing."

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“If you’ve come here recently, you have no ties to this country, you ought to go home.”

Posted on November 22, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"I did vote for the Simpson-Mazzoli Act. Ronald Reagan, in his diary, says he signed it -- and we were supposed to have 300,000 people get amnesty. There were 3 million. But he signed it because we were going to get two things in return. We were going to get control of the border and we were going to get a guest worker program with employer enforcement. We got neither. So I think you've got to deal with this as a comprehensive approach that starts with controlling the border, as the governor said. I believe ultimately you have to find...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Chas Freeman, Frank Sharry, Ahmed Maher

Posted on October 20, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: 10/20/2011 Chas Freeman, Chairman of Projects International; Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director, America’s Voice; Ahmed Maher, Co-Founder, April 6 Youth Movement
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2011 National Leadership Conference Video Archive

Posted on October 17, 2011 in Arab American Institute

Immigration Reform Post 9/11 (September 30, 2011)

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Yalla Change 2011 Dinner (September 30, 2011)

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Defeating Hate Legislation Part 1 (October 1, 2011)

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Defeating Hate Legislation Part 2 (October 1, 2011)

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Canadian Arab Institute Attends NLC

Posted by on October 04, 2011 in Blog
By Raja G. Khouri Canadians have a love-hate, inferiority-superiority, affection-disaffection relationship with America. We know ourselves to be the junior partner, yet we think us the better one; we envy your greatness, yet mock your ignorance; we fear you, yet applaud the prime minister who dares defy you; we love you, yet hate that you hardly take notice of us; we vigorously consume your culture, yet vainly think ours more polished.
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2011 National Leadership Conference

Posted by on October 01, 2011 in Blog

AAI and NNAAC convened over 200 community members at The National Leadership Conference to build community capacity and confront challenges both at home and abroad ahead of the 2012 elections. Arab American leaders from across the country gathered in Dearborn, Michigan to work on three distinct albeit complementary tracks: Advocacy, Community Building and Organizing. Within this framework and with the realization that we can most effectively advocate for change here at home, the conference goals were to: Get Arab Americans involved and their voices heard (Community Building) Promote better understanding of the Arab world (Organizing) Promote the civil rights...

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