Sorting Fact from Fiction: The U.S. Immigration Process

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on November 22, 2016 in Blog

President-elect Donald Trump’s 10-point immigration plan has several problematic points seemingly rooted in xenophobia and a disregard for Constitutional values. Since recently reiterating immigration will be part of his early agenda it’s important to review what we know. One of the most concerning of his policies proposed on the campaign trail included a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States which later morphed into “extreme vetting” of foreign nationals from “terror-prone regions.” Very few specifics are available regarding Trump’s proposed vetting reforms and how they would essentially alter the current system. The so-called “Muslim ban” was...

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Arab Americans Oppose NSEERS

Posted on November 21, 2016 in Press Releases

Download here   For Immediate Release: November 21, 2016 Arab Americans Oppose NSEERS Coalition Calls on Obama to Dismantle Framework

  The Arab American Institute joined nearly 200 groups calling on the Administration of President Obama to do away with the framework of the discriminatory National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS). Full text of the letter below:

November 21, 2016

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:...

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Sanctuary Cities: What You Need to Know

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on November 18, 2016 in Blog

Now that Donald Trump has been elected President, the world looks to his first 100 days in office. In an address in Gettysburg, Pa. before election day, President-elect Trump laid out his plan which focused on several things like cleaning up Washington from insiders and lobbyists, protecting America’s workers, healthcare, and of course, immigration.

It’s no secret that Trump had some serious concerns over the state of immigration to the United States. In addition to building a wall on our southern border and "extreme vetting" of people coming into the United States from “terror-prone” countries like Syria and Libya, Trump has...

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RNC 2016: Immigration

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"Our immigration system must protect American working families and their wages, for citizens and legal immigrants alike, in a way that will improve the economy. Just as immigrant labor helped build our country in the past, today’s legal immigrants are making vital contributions in every aspect of national life."

"We are particularly grateful to the thousands of new legal immigrants, many of them not yet citizens, who are serving in the Armed Forces and among first responders. Their patriotism should encourage all to embrace the newcomers legally among us, assist their journey to full citizenship, and help their...

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DNC 2016: Immigration

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"We support President Obama’s call for an international summit to address this crisis so that every country assumes its responsibility to meet this humanitarian challenge [the global refugee crisis]."

"While Donald Trump proposes banning Muslim refugees, we will look for ways to help innocent people who are fleeing persecution while ensuring rigorous screening and vetting."

"We reject attempts to impose a religious test to bar immigrants or refugees from entering the United States. It is un-American and runs counter to the founding principles of this country."

"The immigration bureaucracy is full of backlogs that result in U.S....

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Washington Watch: Our Original Sins

Posted on May 07, 2016 in Washington Watch
In some of my writings, I have observed the way the US has, for centuries, absorbed countless waves of immigrants from many continents transforming them, in short order, into Americans—comparing this to the European situation which does not, as a rule, provide the same opportunities for advancement and inclusion.
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We Have Gone Temporarily Mad, Again

Posted on November 23, 2015 in Washington Watch

It has been frightening to listen to the intolerant and near hysterical tone of the debate over admitting Syrian refugees into America. Despite the fact that conflating refugees with terrorism is irrational and bigoted, this notion has spread quickly with: most of the Republican presidential aspirants making frighteningly bigoted statements about refugees or Muslims, in general; more than 30 governors saying that they will not accept Syrians in their states; and 289 Members of Congress voting to restrict the ability of the President to fulfill his goal of increasing the...

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Upholding our Values

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on November 20, 2015 in Blog

In the wake of last week’s terror attacks in Paris, refugees have received increased backlash across Europe and the United States. More than two dozen Republican governors and one Democratic governor, including presidential candidates, have announced that they will not be resettling Syrian refugees in their states. Their announcements have limited direct impact, however, since there is no lawful means to refuse legally accepted foreign refugees. It’s ridiculous and baffling that refugees are being blamed for attacks carried out by the same people they were were escaping from in the first...

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An American Pope with a Challenge for America

Posted on September 28, 2015 in Washington Watch
While the policy challenges posed by Pope Francis were significant, what I found most striking was the way he was able to firmly ground his message within an American narrative.
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