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

Posted on February 22, 2018 in Press Releases

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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.

DHS has a...

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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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Looming TPS Announcement Raises Anxiety Among Syrians

Posted by Guest on January 29, 2018 in Blog

By Mona Ahmed

The fate of almost 7,000 Syrians residing in the U.S. with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will likely be announced on January 31. Prior to that day, the Trump Administration must decide if the program will be extended for another 18-month period from March 31.

TPS provides an alternative solution for Syrians that either don’t qualify for, or don’t want to commit to the permanence of seeking asylum, but need immediate shelter from the ongoing armed conflict in their home country. Unlike asylum, TPS provides no designated lawful...

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Good enough for government work? Joint DOJ/DHS terrorism report presents misleading data.

Posted by Kai Wiggins on January 18, 2018 in Blog

At yesterday’s White House press briefing, Edward O’Callaghan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department’s National Security Division, discussed some of the findings published in Tuesday’s joint DOJ/DHS report on terrorism and immigration. The long-overdue report was released amidst an immigration debate on Capitol Hill that has seen spasmodic eruptions in recent days. Questions regarding the timing of the release, which a senior administration official assured was merely “coincidental,” aside, the 11-page report has been the subject of many more...

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National Commission for Voter Justice to Hold Hearings, Fight For Voting Rights

Posted by Guest on January 17, 2018 in Blog

By Mona Ahmed 

“The National Commision for Voter Justice is a people’s commission and will be one that the people can see, understand and participate in.” That’s how Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes described the transparency and mission of the newly formed National Commission for Voter Justice (NCVJ) during a launch rally on the steps of the Supreme Court on January 17. Speakers included: NCVJ Co-Chairs Barbara Arnwine, Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes, John Nichols

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AAI Joins 170 Rights Groups to Oppose DOJ's Attempt to Add Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

Posted on January 10, 2018 in Press Releases

The Arab American Institute and 169 civil and human rights groups, sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross urging him to reject the Department of Justice’s request for Acting Census Director Ron Jarmin to add a new citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Download full letter here

Dear Secretary Ross:

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and the undersigned 169 organizations,...

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Instead of criminalising political speech, pass the NO HATE Act

Posted by Ryan Suto on January 10, 2018 in Blog

On 29 December the Jerusalem Post published an interview with the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. In that article, Friedman stated that reactions were "largely emotional" to the Trump administration's announcement of support to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

He went on to state: "We expected the reaction, although we were disappointed with some of the rhetoric, which was ugly, needlessly provocative and anti-Semitic [sic]". The anti-Semitism charge

Friedman does not elaborate how political disagreements with an international policy change constitute bigotry against Judaism as a religion or Jews as a people....

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