The Attempt to Make the Muslim Ban Permanent

Posted by Ryan Suto on October 03, 2017 in Blog

On September 24, the Trump White House released a new Presidential Proclamation effective October 18, which essentially makes permanent the temporary Muslim/refugee Ban the president signed earlier this year. The Proclamation, like Trump’s previous Muslim Ban actions, relies on the fundamental assumption that foreigners, and specifically Muslims and Arabs, pose a heightened threat. Arguing “...foreign nationals who may commit, aid, or support acts of terrorism, or otherwise pose a safety threat…” the Administration holds tightly to creating xenophobic fears, despite no existing evidence to show that foreign nationals commit crimes at greater rates than citizens.

Whereas the temporary travel ban, EO 13780,...

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DACA and Beyond: The Risks and Rewards of Visibility

Posted by Guest on September 29, 2017 in Blog
Since President Trump announced his intention to end President Obama’ Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action, dozens of articles have been posted every day exploring DACA, the DREAM Act, who is most affected, and what is at stake both for DACA recipients and the country at large.
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Washington Watch: The DREAMers Deserve Better Than This

Posted on September 09, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby In the midst of the many immediate challenges confronting the White House and Congress, President Donald Trump just added one more. This past week, Trump told the Department of Justice to rescind the Obama-era DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program. When President Obama initiated DACA in 2012, he did so out of frustration with Congress' inability to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that would have addressed the plight of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the US. Of special concern to Obama were the young people who had come into...

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Fight Bigotry in the Classroom & #DefendDACA

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on September 06, 2017 in Blog

We like you have just heard the breaking news of the administration's intent to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Admissions). More than 800,000 young people, including Arab Americans, will be devastated by this policy change. To keep our families whole, we need Congress to ACT NOW! Please take a moment to stand up for these families by asking your members to support the DREAM Act. You can do so by clicking here. Of course, as we stand up for DACA, we also need to prepare our students to...

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Take Action: #DefendDACA now by supporting the Dream Act

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 05, 2017 in Blog

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Admissions) was the response to a broken political system that failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform. It was a way to provide relief to more than 800,000 young people who are American in every way but their papers. The decision by the Trump Administration to terminate DACA demonstrates that instead of leading and doing what is best for our country and these young Dreamers, the administration is treating them as political bargaining chips. We need you to take a few minutes now to demand that...

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#DefendDACA now by supporting the Dream Act

Posted on September 05, 2017 in Action Alerts

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Admissions) was the response to a broken political system that failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform. It was a way to provide relief to more than 800,000 young people who are American in every way but their papers. The decision by the Trump Administration to terminate DACA demonstrates that instead of leading and doing what is best for our country and these young Dreamers, the administration is treating them as political bargaining chips. We need you to take a few minutes now to demand that Congress act to pass the Dream Act S.1615/H.R.3440.

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Don’t Fall for Anti-Immigrant Scare Tactics on Sanctuary Cities & Gangs

Posted by Guest on August 18, 2017 in Blog

By Celia Katz-Zogby By repeatedly invoking the threat of MS-13 gang activity, and maligning sanctuary and 4th Amendment cities, the Trump administration seems to be doubling down on its irrational and possibly illegal approach to undocumented immigrants. In an executive order released January 25, 2017, the Trump administration threatened to withhold federal tax dollars from counties and cities with sanctuary or welcoming policies. The administration accuses sanctuary communities of ignoring detainers issued by ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and violating 8 U.S. Code 1373....

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