Pompeo’s bigotry unfit for Secretary of State

Posted by Ryan Suto on April 12, 2018 in Blog

The confirmation of CIA Director Michael Pompeo as Secretary of State would spell disaster for America’s diplomatic efforts throughout the world. Mr. Pompeo has an extensive history of anti-Muslim statements which are indicative of a deeply-held bias against the world’s 1.6 billion adherents of Islam. As a nominee for America’s top diplomat, this prejudice will undermine Pompeo’s ability to effectively advocate for U.S. interests abroad. Mr. Pompeo’s anti-Muslim bigotry alienates American Muslims and would undermine U.S. diplomatic efforts, prompting AAI to sign on to a letter opposing his nomination, along with more than 200 other organizations.

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Congressional Briefing on Mike Pompeo’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric and Ties

Posted by Guest on April 09, 2018 in Blog

By Mollie Todd

In the current administration, politicians with a history of discriminatory rhetoric and actions have managed to become commonplace. Former Director of the CIA and Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo is no different. Throughout his political career, Director Pompeo has made several inflammatory remarks about Arab Americans and American Muslims, and has maintained ties to anti-immigrant groups. On April 9, a panel of leading interfaith and rights experts hosted a panel on Capitol Hill to examine Pompeo’s troubled record and its implications for his  appointment as...

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Countdown Vol 17 No. 19: For America's Sake

Posted on April 06, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 212 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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SAALT “Communities on Fire” Report: Congressional Briefing on Hate Crime

Posted by Guest on March 23, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer

“There is a direct relationship between the advancement of a political agenda and the rise of hate and bigotry,” Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) stated Wednesday on the Hill. The defacement of places of worship, physical and verbal assault, arson, and a number of other offenses have increased in number, especially in the wake of the 2016 election. Encouraged by President Trump’s rhetoric and policy agenda, an environment has been fostered in which hate and bigotry, though ever-present in this country, is publicly tolerated, and, at times, encouraged. In support of...

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Countdown Vol 17 No. 16: That Time of Year Again

Posted on March 08, 2018 in Countdown
Countdown Vol 17 No. 16: That Time of Year Again
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AAI Joins FOIA to DHS, ICE Seeking Transparency On Vetting Process

Posted by Guest on March 01, 2018 in Blog

By Mollie Todd   

The Arab American Institute has signed on to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, in conjunction with Muslim Advocates and dozens of affiliated organizations, to obtain records pertaining to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) so-called “Extreme Vetting Initiative.”  Currently ICE searches for information on visa applicants online, including on social media. Likely the plans for this program were created following President Trump’s January 2017 executive order that called for travelers to the U.S. to be deemed, “a positively contributing member of society” and capable of making, “contributions to the national interest.”  Under the Initiative ICE...

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AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 22, 2018 in Blog

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org; 202-429-9210  

AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

For Immediate Release:

February 22, 2018

(Washington) On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice charged a Virginia man with four counts of threatening Arab American Institute (AAI) staff because of their Arab ancestry and three counts of threatening AAI employees for their advocacy efforts on behalf of Arab Americans. The charges come at a time when hate crimes motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry, and religion are on the rise. In 2016 hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased by 4.6% with most of...

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AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

Posted on February 22, 2018 in Press Releases

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org; 202-429-9210  

AAI Welcomes DOJ Indictment for Hate Crime Against Man Who Repeatedly Threatened Organization

For Immediate Release:

February 22, 2018

(Washington) On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice charged a Virginia man with four counts of threatening Arab American Institute (AAI) staff because of their Arab ancestry and three counts of threatening AAI employees for their advocacy efforts on behalf of Arab Americans. The charges come at a time when hate crimes motivated by race, ethnicity or ancestry, and religion are on the rise. In 2016 hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased by 4.6% with...

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ICE Virtual Dragnet: Social Media Vetting Briefing by the Brennan Center for Justice

Posted by Guest on February 21, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer

Social media, paired with discriminatory surveillance, has in recent years compromised a seemingly personal platform for thousands of Americans and immigrants. Last year, the Immigration & Customs Enforcement, or ICE, branch of the Department of Homeland Security piloted a new program for the monitoring of social media for immigrants and naturalized U.S. citizens. The Brennan Center for Justice gathered experts from the ACLU, Georgetown Law, 18 Million Rising, and the Center for Technology & Democracy on February 20 to discuss the threat to civil rights and liberties of ICE’s proposed next step in social media monitoring.

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Countdown Vol 17 No 14: Emboldened Lashes and Backlashes

Posted on February 09, 2018 in Countdown

DREAMers Countdown: It’s been 157 days since President Trump moved to end DACA, and Congress has yet to save it.

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