Despite mass-underreporting, hate crimes surge again in 2016

Posted by Kai Wiggins on November 13, 2017 in Blog

The number of hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased some 4.6 percent in 2016, this after a 6.8 percent surge in reported incidents the previous year, according to data released on Monday by the FBI in its annual report. Most of that increase occurred between October and December of last year, coinciding with the 2016 presidential election. This fact alone seems to confirm what many civil rights and advocacy groups have signaled in light of their own independent reporting: that perpetrators of hate crime felt emboldened to commit acts of bias and prejudice in the wake of...

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AAI Joins Rights and Immigration Allies to Stand for DACA and Diversity Visas

Posted on November 02, 2017 in Press Releases

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

Nov. 2, 2017

For immediate release: 

AAI Joins Rights and Immigration Allies to Stand for DACA and Diversity Visas

WASHINGTON - Today the Arab American Institute joined civil rights and immigration allies to call on the Trump Administration and members of Congress to pass and sign the bipartisan Dream Act and to preserve the diversity visa lottery system. The joint statement follows a White House meeting with Republican senators on the future of immigrant youth. Reports indicate that the President and Republicans decided to exclude a DACA fix from the must-pass year-end spending bill. 

In addition to...

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AAI Joins Rights and Immigration Allies to Stand for DACA and Diversity Visas

Posted by Arab American Institute on November 02, 2017 in Blog

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

Nov. 2, 2017

For immediate release: 

AAI Joins Rights and Immigration Allies to Stand for DACA and Diversity Visas

WASHINGTON - Today the Arab American Institute joined civil rights and immigration allies to call on the Trump Administration and members of Congress to pass and sign the bipartisan Dream Act and to preserve the diversity visa lottery system. The joint statement follows a White House meeting with Republican senators on the future of immigrant youth. Reports indicate that the President and Republicans decided to exclude a DACA fix from the must-pass year-end spending bill. 

In addition to the...

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AAI Joins Amicus on DACA

Posted by Ryan Suto on November 01, 2017 in Blog

Early in September President Trump announced a plan to end the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months, allegedly in an attempt to invite Congress to act to reform the program legislatively. The program allows those who are undocumented and came to the United States as children, called Dreamers, to obtain driver’s licenses, enroll in college, secure jobs, and pay income tax, but does not include a pathway to citizenship.

The DACA application process requires extensive personal data, with previous assurances that data would not be used for deportation purposes, with limited exceptions. However, the Trump Administration’s 

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When Anti-Arab, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Becomes Local News: What You Need to Know About a Pending Media Merger

Posted by Guest on October 17, 2017 in Blog

by Sarah Seniuk Although diversity in the media and news is essential to a well functioning democracy, diversity in media ownership has been on the decline since the 1980s. As of 2014, 90% of the media, including our news outlets, were owned by only six companies. Sinclair Broadcasting Group, an independent media group, is now another company concocting its own monopoly of local news stations with news of a possible merger with Chicago’s Tribune Media. A leaked internal memo from the president and CEO of Sinclair to employees of Tribune Media demonstrates that Sinclair is...

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Evading Review: The Administration’s Muslim Ban Arguments

Posted by Ryan Suto on October 10, 2017 in Blog

The Trump Administration’s consolidated Muslim Ban cases, Trump v. IRAP and Trump v. Hawaii, were set for oral arguments today, October 10. However, the president released a Proclamation late last month to replace the challenged Executive Order, prompting the Supreme Court to remove the case from the argument calendar and request briefs on October 5 detailing whether litigation surrounding the now overridden and expired Executive Order is moot and thus should be denied further consideration.

The Government’s filing asserted that this case reaches the very definition of moot, arguing that the plaintiffs are asking the Court to address an issue of no practical importance by litigating...

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