AAI Joins Amicus on DACA

Posted by Ryan Suto on November 01, 2017 in Blog

Early in September President Trump announced a plan to end the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months, allegedly in an attempt to invite Congress to act to reform the program legislatively. The program allows those who are undocumented and came to the United States as children, called Dreamers, to obtain driver’s licenses, enroll in college, secure jobs, and pay income tax, but does not include a pathway to citizenship.

The DACA application process requires extensive personal data, with previous assurances that data would not be used for deportation purposes, with limited exceptions. However, the Trump Administration’s 

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When Anti-Arab, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Becomes Local News: What You Need to Know About a Pending Media Merger

Posted by Guest on October 17, 2017 in Blog

by Sarah Seniuk Although diversity in the media and news is essential to a well functioning democracy, diversity in media ownership has been on the decline since the 1980s. As of 2014, 90% of the media, including our news outlets, were owned by only six companies. Sinclair Broadcasting Group, an independent media group, is now another company concocting its own monopoly of local news stations with news of a possible merger with Chicago’s Tribune Media. A leaked internal memo from the president and CEO of Sinclair to employees of Tribune Media demonstrates that Sinclair is...

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Evading Review: The Administration’s Muslim Ban Arguments

Posted by Ryan Suto on October 10, 2017 in Blog

The Trump Administration’s consolidated Muslim Ban cases, Trump v. IRAP and Trump v. Hawaii, were set for oral arguments today, October 10. However, the president released a Proclamation late last month to replace the challenged Executive Order, prompting the Supreme Court to remove the case from the argument calendar and request briefs on October 5 detailing whether litigation surrounding the now overridden and expired Executive Order is moot and thus should be denied further consideration.

The Government’s filing asserted that this case reaches the very definition of moot, arguing that the plaintiffs are asking the Court to address an issue of no practical importance by litigating...

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AAI Statement on Presidential Proclamation Regarding the Muslim Ban

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 25, 2017 in Blog

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s third try at the Muslim Ban:  The Trump Administration’s attempt to window dress their Muslim Ban by presidential proclamation doesn’t fool anyone. The proclamation expands the xenophobic policies that discriminate against individuals predominantly because of their Muslim faith or national origin. It’s no surprise that facing Supreme Court arguments the Trump Administration would try to play one more shell game to circumvent a potential ruling. Shamefully though, this third iteration of the Muslim Ban goes farther than the second version adding yet another Muslim-majority...

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AAI joins 80+ organizations in letter to DOJ on hate crimes

Posted by Kai Wiggins on September 22, 2017 in Blog

To read the letter AAI signed onto with over 80 other organizations to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, click here.

We live in a nation bent on progress at the outset, and yet so often we fall short of our founding principles. For reasons abound, we have made promises we have not kept. 

On Thursday, June 29, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department made a promise. Speaking before dozens of civil rights, religious, education and professional organizations at the Department’s Hate Crimes Summit, Sessions vowed to take action: 

“I pledge to you: As long as I...

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AAI at the Michigan Response to Hate Conference

Posted by Heba Mohammad on September 07, 2017 in Blog

If you are the victim of a hate crime, you are more likely to remain silent than to report it to law enforcement authorities. That is a highlight of the most recent Department of Justice Hate Crime Victimization Report, and the context in which the Michigan Response to Hate Conference occurred last week. Marking its tenth year, the conference, orchestrated by the Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes (MIAAHC), has drawn invested community partners annually to share strategies for preventing hate crimes, supporting victims, and encouraging reporting of hate crimes. On September 6th, I joined representatives of community organizations, law...

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Fight Bigotry in the Classroom & #DefendDACA

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on September 06, 2017 in Blog

We like you have just heard the breaking news of the administration's intent to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Admissions). More than 800,000 young people, including Arab Americans, will be devastated by this policy change. To keep our families whole, we need Congress to ACT NOW! Please take a moment to stand up for these families by asking your members to support the DREAM Act. You can do so by clicking here. Of course, as we stand up for DACA, we also need to prepare our students to...

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#DefendDACA now by supporting the Dream Act

Posted on September 05, 2017 in Action Alerts

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Admissions) was the response to a broken political system that failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform. It was a way to provide relief to more than 800,000 young people who are American in every way but their papers. The decision by the Trump Administration to terminate DACA demonstrates that instead of leading and doing what is best for our country and these young Dreamers, the administration is treating them as political bargaining chips. We need you to take a few minutes now to demand that Congress act to pass the Dream Act S.1615/H.R.3440.

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