Arab American Civil Rights Group Responds to SCOTUS Decision on Muslim Ban Case

Posted on June 26, 2018 in Press Releases


June 26, 2018

CONTACT: Ryan J. Suto / (202) 652-4984

Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case, Trump v. Hawai’i.

Washington, DC — Today, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Muslim Ban case: “Along ideological lines, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s xenophobic Muslim Ban that discriminates against individuals predominantly because of their Muslim faith or national origin. A vast majority of those impacted by the ban are Muslim,...

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The Unnecessary Moral Crisis

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on June 22, 2018 in Blog

By this point, most Americans have seen the horrible images of migrant children crying alone near our Southern border, or have read traumatic accounts of infants being held in government custody for up to a month at a time or being torn from their mothers while breastfeeding. This politically manufactured moral crisis has shaken the very core of what many Americans tell ourselves about our compassion and our role in the world. As such, there has been an incredible amount of misinformation and...

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Oblivious to the Irony

Trump aide and anti-immigrant champion Stephen Miller is a special guy. Not only is he a driving force behind Trump’s Muslim ban, but also behind the inhumane separation of families at the border. One White House adviser went as far as to describe Miller as a “twisted guy” who “actually enjoys seeing those pictures at the border.” It was not missed on us that Miller is himself the descendant of asylum seekers, who escaped anti-Jewish persecution in Belarus, only to turn around to himself...

Caged Humanity

The basic moral compass of the country is again being challenged by the Trump Administration. On our Southern border, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson admitted that the Department has separated nearly 2,000 minors from their families in just over a month. Media reports suggest these children are held in cages with little protection from high desert summer temperatures. The list of horror stories from this policy choice is too long for this post. Depending on which administration official you hear, the policy is either a

Arab American Institute, Orlando Groups Call On Chief Mina To End Use of Facial Recognition

Posted by Jennifer Salan on June 22, 2018 in Blog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2018  CONTACT: / (202) 429-9210  Arab American Institute, Orlando Groups Call On Chief Mina To End Use of Public Surveillance/Facial Recognition  Washington, DC - The Arab American Institute, along with 10 Orlando based community groups, wrote to Orlando Police Chief John Mina on Thursday urging him to “commit to forgo the use of public surveillance and facial recognition technology as a tool of law enforcement” following reports of the Amazon Rekognition software pilot program. Signatories include:...

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Standing With Refugees in 2018

Posted by Guest on June 20, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven 

For World Refugee Day, we have been posting blogs that convey the facts and data about the world refugee crisis. It is incredibly important to stay informed about these issues and to continue to show support for those in need. Here are several ways in which you can help. Get the facts about the worldwide refugee crisis. Learn more about the detrimental impact...

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NILC's Avideh Moussavian: Fight for Immigrant Rights Doesn't End With SCOTUS

Posted by Guest on June 15, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

By the end of June, The Supreme Court will have released their decision on the controversial case, Trump v. Hawaii. Although I have been anticipating the results of this case for some time, I can’t say that I’m optimistic about what will be decided. And while speaking with someone who specializes on this issue affirmed my concerns, it also gave me some perspective and a new wave of knowledge.

Avideh Moussavian is a policy attorney at the National Immigration...

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Bigotry: Countering Xenophobia

Posted on June 05, 2018 in Domestic Policy

Background Since 9/11, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry have remained a consistent phenomenon. But the 2016 election cycle brought a fresh wave of bigotry towards immigrants in the United States that we are still fighting. Since the election of President Donald Trump, we have been focusing on urgent measures to safeguard against the aggressive policies that discriminate against immigrants. Many of the concerning immigration proposals are reflective of a fear-mongering and xenophobic approach to policy making disguised in a cloak of “national security interests.” When immigration policy is...

Countdown Vol 17 No 25: Digging Through Illusions

Posted on May 25, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 261 days since President Trump moved to end DACA. The courts did step in to block the move, but Congress has yet to provide a permanent fix.

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Countdown Vol 17 No. 24: Cruel but Usual Punishment

Posted on May 18, 2018 in Countdown

Gina Haspel has been confirmed by the Senate to head the CIA. This is yet another troubling and shameful appointment by this administration, enabled by the very Legislative body that’s supposed to serve as a check to the President. We have a lot of work ahead of us!

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