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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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 27: Backsliding

Posted on August 27, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Huckabee in Israel, protests in Lebanon, the 14th amendment, and more
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A Different Name (but still the same): The Priority Enforcement Program

Posted by Nicole Khamis on July 08, 2015 in Blog
But Secure Communities is not totally gone. A new program was put in place, different in name but not in its form, called the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). PEP differs from Secure Communities by narrowing the category of people ICE is able to request be detained for deportation. Under PEP, ICE agents may only request detention if the suspect has either been convicted of a serious criminal offense, or if there is sufficient evidence to suggest the person is a threat to public safety or national security. However, what is most alarming in the implementation of PEP is the amount of subjectivity it continues to allow ICE officers, which not only permits but encourages the continuation of biased policing.
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Share Your Immigration Story

Posted on June 05, 2015 in Action Alerts

Please join the Arab American Institute in celebrating immigrant heritage by sharing your own "Welcome" story-- it could be about when you arrived in the United States, when your parents made the journey, or the story of a distant relative a few generations ago. We need to hear it.

As Arab Americans, we have always shared these stories with great pride. Now, we need to make them part of this wonderful national conversation in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

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