The Anti-American RAISE Act

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on August 04, 2017 in Blog

Originally published in The Hill.  Hey Trump, Lady Liberty's promise actually matters to immigration law

President Trump and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue’s (R-Ga.) White House announcement of the new version of the RAISE Act, a bill that aims to lower legal immigration to the U.S. by more than 40 percentby turning away non-English speakers and low-skilled or unskilled immigrants, flies in the face of American ideals and is simply bad policy....

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Another Ban: Trump’s attack on LGBTQ Rights

Posted by Guest on August 03, 2017 in Blog

By Sarah Decker Following the Muslim Ban, which bars the entrance of refugees and individuals from five Arab countries and Iran, all Muslim majority countries, Trump’s latest ban seeks to prevent transgender soldiers from serving in the U.S. military.  The ban was announced through a series of tweets on July 26, just over a year after Trump declared his LGBT- friendly credentials, also via Twitter. The decision to prevent the service of transgender military personnel in any...

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Let’s Make the State Department Better

With Secretary Tillerson on vacation (don’t worry, he’s “not going anywhere”), it appears that President Trump felt the State Department was a bit understaffed: on Wednesday, the President formally nominated Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to serve as the Department’s ambassador at large for international religious freedom. Perhaps most thrilled about the nomination are the residents of Kansas, whose beleaguered Governor has, according to a local House representative, wreaked “carnage and destruction” upon their state through the implementation of calamitous fiscal policies. While not the shiniest of governors (he’s rated second...


Legislative remedy for grandma falls short

While a federal judge had already relieved Teta from Trump’s travel ban until the Supreme Court renders a final decision on it, Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) tried to make the ground she stands on just a little more solid. He offered an Amendment at the Appropriations Committee markup of the 2018 Homeland Security bill that would bar funding for ban enforcement targeting the families of US persons, including grandparents. Sadly, that amendment failed last week in a vote of 23-29. There was one Republican who didn’t go along with the ban’s worst element: Congressman...



Update: The Muslim Ban in the Courtroom

Posted by Ryan Suto on July 19, 2017 in Blog

Today the Supreme Court affirmed an expansion of “familial relationships” exception to Trump’s Muslim Ban, but allowed the Administration to further limit refugee resettlement until later courts weigh in. 

WHERE WE ARE NOW: Citizens of Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and Iran are not allowed to travel to the United States unless they have 1) familial ties or 2) bona fide relations with US persons or entities. Family ties include: parent, parent-in-law, spouse, fiancé, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sibling (whether whole or half), step relationships, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law...

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Sam Harris: Perpetually Misunderstood

Posted by Omar Baddar on July 18, 2017 in Blog

If you ever go online to criticize renowned ‘New Atheist’ Sam Harris for any of his baseless assertions or wrong-headed arguments, you’ll likely find yourself on the receiving end of literally hundreds of tweets claiming you were misquoting him, misunderstanding him, or reading him out of context. Though Harris’s tweeps are ostensibly anti-religion, it’s really remarkable how much their reaction resembles that of a cult whose infallible leader has been questioned. Harris is more obsessed with Islam and Muslims than most contemporary atheist intellectuals, painting this religion as a unique threat to the world. He gained notoriety after...

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Arab American Representative Leads a Policy Response to Rising Xenophobia

Posted by Guest on June 19, 2017 in Blog

By Haley Arata As opponents of comprehensive immigration reform ratchet up their rhetoric, some law makers are stepping up and pushing back against growing xenophobia. In Michigan, Rep. Abdullah Hammoud has been quick to oppose discriminatory actions, recently proposing a pro-immigration resolution as part of the Michigan Civil Rights Expansion bill package. The package aims to extend protections to all Michigan residents and ensure that policies don’t discriminate based on place of birth. Hammoud and fourteen other representatives have sponsored 15 separate bills or resolutions as part of the package....

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Civil Rights Advocates Renew Efforts to Oust Bannon

Posted by Arab American Institute on April 14, 2017 in Blog
Civil Rights Advocates Renew Efforts to #DumpBannon
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