AAI’s National Policy Council Briefed on DACA, Immigration Issues

Posted by Guest on March 09, 2018 in Blog

By Mollie Todd

It has been more than six months since President Donald Trump announced that the DACA program would end on March 5. Although he promised to sign a bipartisan DACA solution, when one was offered he rejected it. To protect the rights of DACA recipients, California, Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota sued. Two federal courts agreed with the states and issued nationwide injunctions blocking the termination of DACA. Despite this an average of about 1,100 DACA permits have expired each day since March 5.

Given the significant issues tied to DACA, AAI invited Philip Wolgin, Managing...

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AAI Joins FOIA to DHS, ICE Seeking Transparency On Vetting Process

Posted by Guest on March 01, 2018 in Blog

By Mollie Todd   

The Arab American Institute has signed on to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, in conjunction with Muslim Advocates and dozens of affiliated organizations, to obtain records pertaining to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) so-called “Extreme Vetting Initiative.”  Currently ICE searches for information on visa applicants online, including on social media. Likely the plans for this program were created following President Trump’s January 2017 executive order that called for travelers to the U.S. to be deemed, “a positively contributing member of society” and capable of making, “contributions to the national interest.”  Under the Initiative ICE...

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ICE Virtual Dragnet: Social Media Vetting Briefing by the Brennan Center for Justice

Posted by Guest on February 21, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer

Social media, paired with discriminatory surveillance, has in recent years compromised a seemingly personal platform for thousands of Americans and immigrants. Last year, the Immigration & Customs Enforcement, or ICE, branch of the Department of Homeland Security piloted a new program for the monitoring of social media for immigrants and naturalized U.S. citizens. The Brennan Center for Justice gathered experts from the ACLU, Georgetown Law, 18 Million Rising, and the Center for Technology & Democracy on February 20 to discuss the threat to civil rights and liberties of ICE’s proposed next step in social media monitoring.

DHS has a...

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Top Ten Quotes From Today's Fourth Circuit Opinion Against the #MuslimBan

Posted by Ryan Suto on February 15, 2018 in Blog

Today the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in IRAP v. Trump, another case regarding the President’s Proclamation from last fall, popularly termed Muslim Ban 3.0.

The court has previous ruled against iterations of the Muslim Ban, and here ruled 9-4 against the Administration, holding that the Muslim Ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment’s prohibition against the governmental establishment of religion.

While the Supreme Court has held that the Ban can remain in effect until the Court itself rules on the issue. The Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in April. As such, instead of...

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Countdown Vol 17 No 14: Emboldened Lashes and Backlashes

Posted on February 09, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 157 days since President Trump moved to end DACA, and Congress has yet to save it.

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Countdown Vol. 17 No. 13: Misrepresented Realities

Posted on February 02, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 150 days since President Trump moved to end DACA, and Congress has yet to save it.

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Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria

Posted on January 31, 2018 in Press Releases

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org 

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2018

Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria:

Today the Department of Homeland Security failed to re-designate Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and instead opted only to renew TPS for those Syrians who are already registered. Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement in response: While we are pleased the Department of Homeland Security saw fit to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians who have already registered, we are deeply disappointed that the Trump Administration has refused...

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Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 31, 2018 in Blog

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org 

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2018

Official Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on DHS’s Decision Regarding TPS for Syria:

Today the Department of Homeland Security failed to re-designate Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and instead opted only to renew TPS for those Syrians who are already registered. Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement in response: While we are pleased the Department of Homeland Security saw fit to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians who have already registered, we are deeply disappointed that the Trump Administration has refused...

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Looming TPS Announcement Raises Anxiety Among Syrians

Posted by Guest on January 29, 2018 in Blog

By Mona Ahmed

The fate of almost 7,000 Syrians residing in the U.S. with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will likely be announced on January 31. Prior to that day, the Trump Administration must decide if the program will be extended for another 18-month period from March 31.

TPS provides an alternative solution for Syrians that either don’t qualify for, or don’t want to commit to the permanence of seeking asylum, but need immediate shelter from the ongoing armed conflict in their home country. Unlike asylum, TPS provides no designated lawful...

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