Week 1: Breaking Down Trump's Executive Orders

Posted by Ali Albassam on February 03, 2017 in Blog

President Trump ushered in the first week of his presidency with 12 sweeping executive orders covering topics from immigration, to healthcare and trade in an attempt to make good on his ambitious campaign promises. 

Below you can familiarize yourself with some of the most controversial executive orders, their feasibility and the problems they pose for Americans. For ways that you can make a difference in your community check out our Advocacy Road Map. 

Border Wall

One of Candidate Trump’s biggest campaign promises was to "build the wall" along the U.S.- Mexican border to keep "illegals" out. On January...

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Arab Americans Rally For Immigrants and Refugees

Posted by Raneem Alkhatib on January 30, 2017 in Blog

by Raneem Alkhatib Arab Americans across the country took immediate action over the weekend following President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration and refugees. The order was basically a Muslim ban, aiming to halt entry for citizens of seven Muslim majority countries. Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen are, so far, the countries on this list. Arab Americans, many of who are directly affected by this ban, went to their nearest airport to join in organic protests calling...

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Stand Against Executive Orders on Immigration and Refugees

Posted on January 27, 2017 in Action Alerts

Today, one week into his term, President Trump signed Executive Orders that halt and roll back some of America’s proudest traditions. We must respond now. From suspending the refugee resettlement program, to denying entry to the United States for individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries, to adding needlessly stringent requirements on an already robust vetting process, President Trump is not leading. And these orders come after announcements about building the wall and opposing sanctuary cities. America is a proud nation of immigrants. America is a country that has historically welcomed refugees fleeing war and persecution. These...

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Trump's Executive Orders on Immigration & Refugees Are UnAmerican. Here's How We Fight.

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 27, 2017 in Blog

Today, one week into his term, President Trump signed Executive Orders that halt and roll back some of America’s proudest traditions. We must respond now. From suspending the refugee resettlement program, to denying entry to the United States for individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries, to adding needlessly stringent requirements on an already robust vetting process, President Trump is not leading. And these orders come after announcements about building the wall and opposing sanctuary cities. America is a proud nation of immigrants. America is a country that has historically welcomed refugees fleeing war...

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Statement: AAI President James Zogby on President Trump’s Executive Action on Immigration and Refugee Admissions

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 27, 2017 in Blog

The Executive Order issued today by President Trump is wrong on so many levels.  President Trump's order to ban the entry of individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries to the U.S.  is a misguided act that will deny millions of Americans the opportunity to be visited by their parents, siblings, and other family members.  Similarly, there is the President's decision to suspend our nation's refugee program. With one broad stoke, he has slammed the door on tens of thousands of innocents fleeing persecution and seeking refuge in our country. This heartless act is not based on security concerns,...

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Poll Release: American Attitudes on Immigration, Civil Rights, and Surveillance (2017)

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 27, 2017 in Blog

The Arab American Institute (AAI) released a new Zogby Analytics poll tracking American Attitudes toward immigration, civil rights, and surveillance on Friday, January 27, 2017.

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Key Findings 41% of Americans, including 52% of Democrats and 44% of Independents, believe we should proceed with the plan to resettle Syrian refugees. 59% of Democrats and a plurality of Republicans and Independents believe that undocumented immigrants, with no criminal record currently living and working in the United States should have a path to legal status....

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Plurality of Americans Stand with Refugees and Undocumented In Contrast to Policies Outlined by President Trump

Posted on January 27, 2017 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       Jan 27, 2017                                                                                     Contact: Jennifer Salan, 202-429-9210 / jsalan@aaiusa.org     Plurality of Americans Stand with Refugees and Undocumented In Contrast to Policies Outlined by President Trump   (Washington)...

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Executive Actions on "Wall" & Sanctuary Cities Are Scapegoat Politics

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 25, 2017 in Blog

The Arab American Institute released the following statement in regards to Executive Orders on the "Wall" and sanctuary cities.  With a stroke of the pen today, President Trump is attempting to wipe away local communities’ ability to welcome all people, including those who may be undocumented. Fourth Amendment, Welcoming Cities and so called "sanctuary cities" are home to large and vibrant immigrant communities that allow them to build their lives and community while advancing public safety because they are free to speak without fear. This action will create a "show me your papers culture" and is in violation of Fourth Amendment protections to be free from "unreasonable...

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Philly Arab Americans Create Local Action Plan

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 23, 2017 in Blog

Building on the release of AAI's "Advocacy Road Map," Government Relations Director Nadia Aziz joined activists in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 22 to discuss the community's immediate priorities and help develop them into an action plan.  "The November election jolted many in our community, especially given our stance for immigrant rights and religious freedom. So, it's important for us to get together, as a  community, to figure out how to deal with the potential domestic and foreign challenges. This meeting went a long way in developing that strategy," said Marwan Kreidie, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Arab-American Development Corps and an AAI...

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AAI's Questions for Sen. Jeff Sessions at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

 Senator Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, January 10th at 9:30am. Watch online here Jeff Sessions is currently a Republican Senator from Alabama and member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary which provides oversight to several federal agencies including the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Committee also plays a significant role in federal judicial nominations and legislation related to civil liberties, immigration and naturalization, and criminal law. He served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from...

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