Don’t Fall for Anti-Immigrant Scare Tactics on Sanctuary Cities & Gangs

Posted by Guest on August 18, 2017 in Blog

By Celia Katz-Zogby By repeatedly invoking the threat of MS-13 gang activity, and maligning sanctuary and 4th Amendment cities, the Trump administration seems to be doubling down on its irrational and possibly illegal approach to undocumented immigrants. In an executive order released January 25, 2017, the Trump administration threatened to withhold federal tax dollars from counties and cities with sanctuary or welcoming policies. The administration accuses sanctuary communities of ignoring detainers issued by ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and violating 8 U.S. Code 1373....

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Forty Four years ago today, an Arab American from Yemen gave his life for a just cause

Posted by Guest on August 15, 2017 in Blog

by Bob Fitch - Cesar Chaves leads funeral processionfor UFW martyr Nagi Daifullah, 1973 By Annie Riley Farm Workers Join Together “No other segment of our population is so poorly paid yet contributes so much to our Nation’s wealth and welfare,” said the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Migratory Labor. This segment is our nation’s farm workers. In the 1960s and still to this day, the majority of the farm workers in the United States have been immigrants,...

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AAI Response to Charlottesville

Posted by Arab American Institute on August 14, 2017 in Blog

AAI Statement in Response to the Tragedy in Charlottesville

We are devastated but sadly not surprised by what we all witnessed on Saturday in Charlottesville. Whether these extremists are called white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazis or fascists – they have no legitimate place in the dialogue of our nation. Hate is not a view or position; it is an evil that must be fought. 

We stand in solidarity today with allies who demand that we speak and act with moral clarity against hatred, bigotry and racism. That includes demanding...

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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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