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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It’s Unanimous! Montgomery County Ed Board Declares #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth

Posted by Joan Hanna on April 07, 2017 in Blog

Montgomery County in Maryland is home to the largest population of Arab Americans in the state so it comes as welcome news that the county’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jack Smith, and the Board of Education, declared April “Arab American Heritage Month.”

In the proclamation, Dr. Smith recognizes the many achievements of Arab Americans from the local to the national level: “For decades, Arab Americans have made valuable contributions to virtually every aspect of American life: science, medicine, education, business, culture, and government…Arab Americans have added to the...

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Whether Sanctuary or 4th Amendment, American Cities Stand for Immigrants

Posted by Ali Albassam on March 28, 2017 in Blog

Attorney General Jeff Sessions took the first steps in fulfilling President Trump’s campaign promise to “defund sanctuary cities” on Monday. In the White House briefing room, Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would "claw back any funds awarded to a jurisdiction" if the Administration believes it is not abiding by federal immigration laws. Despite many media sources depicting Sessions’ announcement as “Breaking News”, the reality is that this is nothing new and may be more of a scare tactic than anything. Sessions announced no new policies, but rather reaffirmed the continuation of...

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AAI's National Policy Council Briefed on Hate Crimes

Posted by Joan Hanna on March 28, 2017 in Blog

Hate crimes have tragically been on the rise over the past few years. In particular, there has been a surge in hate crimes against Arab Americans and American Muslims. During our monthly National Policy Council (NPC) call, two Department of Justice representatives: acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Tom Wheeler, and Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination for the Civil Rights Division, Eric Treene, joined community leaders to hear concerns and answer questions. Both Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Treene emphasized their commitment to prosecuting hate crimes while...

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Hill Briefing on “Power, Pain, Potential” Covers Community Response to Hate

Posted by Guest on March 23, 2017 in Blog

By Raneem Alkhatib The growing hate, violence and prejudice against members of the South Asian, Arab American, and Muslim communities inspired South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) to hold a congressional briefing on the recent trend of hate against these communities. Congressional sponsors included: Representatives Keith Ellison, Andre Carson, Raul Grijalva, Ami Bera, Grace Meng, Mark Takano, Pramila Jayapal, Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Ro Khanna.  According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “2016...

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Urge your Member to Support the No Hate Act

Posted on March 15, 2017 in Action Alerts

Despite a recent increase in hate crimes, law enforcement agencies are not required to report these crimes. In many instances, crimes that could be investigated as hate crimes are either not investigated as such or not charged as such. This can be for various reasons including that not all states have hate crime legislation or that local officers lack the proper training. These factors contribute to a serious underreporting of hate crimes. Today, amidst a wave of hate crimes...

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Washington Watch: Trump's Executive Order Is an Existential Threat to America

Posted on March 11, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby This week President Donald Trump issued a revised Executive Order (EO or Order) restricting immigration from six majority Muslim countries and more than halving the US refugee program. This version includes some significant changes: it is more carefully written; it removes Iraq from the list of countries falling under the ban; and it exempts those with green cards and valid visas. Nevertheless, it remains a false, dangerous, cruel, arbitrary, and bigoted assault on Muslims and the very idea of America as an open, welcoming society. The EO is based on the false premise...

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