Ethnic Leaders Push Broader White House Immigration Approach

Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Blog
Jim Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, helped organize a meeting of ethnic American leaders at the White House last week to discuss the urgent need for immigration reform. The leaders represented a great number of ethnic American communities, including Arab, Polish, Macedonian and Irish, Italian and many more. On their website, the White House Office of Public Engagement posted a blog about the meeting with White House Liaison to Ethnic Americans, Kyle Lierman reiterating the President’s dedication to reform the immigration system:
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The Battle Over States’ Rights Wages On

Posted by on August 02, 2011 in Blog
Immigration in this country is considered a national issue with obvious interstate implications. Consequently, it has long been the providence of the federal government to set and maintain U.S. immigration policy. Now, the state of Alabama wishes to crafts its own version of U.S. Immigration Law.
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Provisions of California DREAM Act Signed into Law

Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Blog
California Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed into law Assembly Bill 130, the California DREAM Act yesterday. The Los Angeles Times reports that AB 130 will provide “access to privately funded financial aid for undocumented college students.” Regarding the political implications of California’s Dream Act, the Times explains that the Governor’s signature on Bill 130 is a “gesture of goodwill toward Latino voters, who helped elect him in large numbers last fall. Legislation providing education funding to undocumented students has been a top priority for many Latino groups, which have found many of their efforts thwarted so far at the federal level.”
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The Innovators of America’s Future: DREAM Students

Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Blog
By Maryam Al-Zoubi “I am Undocumented, Unafraid & finally Unashamed!” was the phrase that rang in Chicago’s Daley Plaza on March 10th, 2011. I watched nervously in the crowd as my good friend Alaa Mukahhal, an undocumented Palestinian American, shouted those words from the stage. I was afraid for what might happen to her if she stopped living in the shadows, but as tears streamed down my face, I know I was proud that she had the strength to stand up and fight for her rights.
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A Nation of Immigrants, a Multitude of Stories

Posted by on July 08, 2011 in Blog
Last week, U.S. Representative Hansen Clarke, speaking to a forum on racial profiling, said “I’m the son of an undocumented immigrant�and I’m proud to say that.” Clarke’s father emigrated from pre-partition India in the 1930s, and later settled in Detroit’s lower east side, where Clarke grew up. A Cornell graduate, Clarke began his career in public service on the staff of Wayne County Executive Edward MacNamara, before serving as chief of staff to Rep. John Conyers. Clarke went on to win the seat for Michigan’s 13th District in 2010.
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Alabama Takes Immigration Hysteria to Another Level

Posted by on June 10, 2011 in Blog
Things are not looking good for comprehensive immigration reform, not to mention the DREAM Act. Yesterday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law a new - and probably unconstitutional - immigration law. HB 56, which will take effect on September 1st contains many provisions that surpass even those of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 in its racist undertones and its draconian enforcement measures. Just to refresh your memory, SB 1070 grants law enforcement officials the right to pursue people they suspect might be in the country illegally. If the individual in question is unable to produce documentation, they are arrested and possibly deported. Sound bad? Alabama’s law is far worse.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Dina Amer, Jawad Nabulsi, Kathy Kiely

Posted on May 13, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Dina Amer, Egyptian Ameircan, CNN Field Producer, Egypt. Jawad Nabulsi, Egyptian Social Activist and Entrepreneur, Founder, Nebny Foundation, discussed their experiences in Tahrir square and what is next for them and the Arab Spring in Egypt.

Kathy Kiely, Managing Editor of Politics, National Journal, discussed the presidential election and a number of issues playing a key role leading up to 2012.

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President Delivers Speech on Immigration

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Blog
Yesterday, May 10th, President Barack Obama delivered a major address on immigration in El Paso, Texas. The framework of Obama’s speech was the agreement Republicans made to support comprehensive immigration reform if border security was first dealt with effectively. Noting that his administration has delivered on its end of the deal (through a “now basically complete” fence on the border, more boots on the ground for border patrol, and substantially better results in terms of seized illegal drugs, weapons and currency), the President argued that it was now time for the Republicans to live up to their end of the deal by supporting comprehensive immigration reform.
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Jim Talks Immigration Reform and the 2012 Election

Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Blog
If either side of the debate continues to couch this discussion in narrow partisan or ethnic terms, they may still win some votes, but we will not achieve reform.
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Governor’s Veto Welcomed by Sikh Community

Posted by on May 02, 2011 in Blog
Representative Kavanagh apologized for his “poorly conceived” bill during a meeting with the Sodhi family and the Sikh American community.
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