Few Steps Forward, Few Steps Back

Posted on August 13, 2014 in Countdown
The Arab American Institute hosted an important emergency leadership summit in DC last Thursday on U.S. foreign policy and the ongoing crises in Gaza, Iraq and Syria. We heard from National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who spoke to members of our community just as news alerts were coming in about the United States air drop in Iraq and the military strikes against ISIS. With that, our community’s discussions over the troubling U.S. policies on Gaza also turned to the U.S. actions and strategy in Iraq, where important communities, including Iraq’s minorities, are being targeted, excluded and expelled by an “Islamic State.”
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India leads all nations in sending people to Detroit

Posted by on June 06, 2014 in News Clips

Whether pushed or pulled, immigrants arrived from many countries. India

The largest single immigrant group in metro Detroit comes from India.

Of the 41,000 living in the region's four main counties, about half live in Oakland County, with 11,000 in Wayne and the rest in Macomb and Washtenaw counties.

The demand for professionals in the medical fields and computer technology has fueled an influx of highly educated Indian immigrants to metro Detroit, said Silvia Pedraza, a professor of sociology and American culture at the University of Michigan.

"They draw on what they know well and are good at," she...

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Congressional Issues on Congressional Issues (And More)

Posted on May 15, 2014 in Countdown
We’ve long covered Arab-baiting in U.S. politics and campaigns and we will continue to do so as long as members of Congress keep finding ways to inject racism against Arab Americans into political discourse. This time, we bring you an attack from Rep. Devin Nunes (CA 22), who called Arab American Congressman and fellow Republican Justin Amash (MI 3) “Al Qaeda’s best friend in Congress” this week after an intra-party disagreement over U.S. surveillance programs and other legislation backed by Nunes.
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Dearborn’s Arab Americans: the Promise of the City’s Future

Posted on November 12, 2013 in Washington Watch

For those of us who've worked with Dearborn Michigan's Arab American community during the past three decades, victories in this past week's municipal elections were more than just big news. They represent vindication and confirmation of our belief in the strength and vitality of the Arab American community. After this election, the president of Dearborn's City Council will be Arab American, Susan Dabaja, and, overall, four of the city's seven member City Council are now of Arab descent. Serving alongside Ms. Dabaja will be Michael Sareini (whose mother had been the first Arab American elected to the Dearborn council in...

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The Circus Comes to Town

Posted on September 24, 2013 in Countdown
Welcome to the UNGA – where the rules are made up and the points don’t matter; where the world’s most contentious issues are arbitrated by the same countries that started them in the first place! The General Assembly kicks off this week with remarks from two potential and unlikely partners – Today, President Obama spoke to the General Assembly. Iran's new president Hassan Rouhani will take the stage later today.
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Arab Americans Meet with White House and NSC on Israel/Palestine

Posted on August 13, 2013 in Countdown
No doubt you’re aware that ongoing US-brokered negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians are underway this week. Secretary of State John Kerry has made it his job to get both sides to the table. In addition to Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary Kerry and the White House are bringing Arab Americans into the conversation. Last Friday, Secretary Kerry and White House National Security adviser Susan Rice met with Arab American leaders at the White House to discuss the negotiations.
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AAI Statement Opposing Immigration Enforcement Bill H.R. 2278, The SAFE Act

Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Blog

The SAFE Act, passed in the Judiciary Committee yesterday, is a misguided bill with a single-minded focus on immigration enforcement that will increase detentions and deportations and will create an environment of rampant racial profiling without addressing the fundamental flaws of our broken immigration system.

The bill was introduced in June 2013 by the Chair of the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), with the support of the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). 

The Arab American Institute applauds the efforts of the Members of Congress who have been working tirelessly to...

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AAI Statement Opposing Immigration Enforcement Bill H.R. 2278, The SAFE Act

Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Blog

The SAFE Act, passed in the Judiciary Committee yesterday, is a misguided bill with a single-minded focus on immigration enforcement that will increase detentions and deportations and will create an environment of rampant racial profiling without addressing the fundamental flaws of our broken immigration system.

The bill was introduced in June 2013 by the Chair of the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), with the support of the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). 

The Arab American Institute applauds the efforts of the Members of Congress who have been working tirelessly to...

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What Monday’s Supreme Court Decision Means

Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Blog

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a key decision on voting rights. By a 7-2 margin, the Court said that Arizona cannot require new voters to present proof of citizenship before being added to the voting rolls. In its decision, the Court held that the Arizona requirement was “inconsistent with” the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires that states accept and use the federal form. The federal form allows applicants to mail in their registration forms, simply swearing that they are U.S. citizens eligible to vote.

The Arizona requirement was one of a spate of...

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A Major Milestone for Arab American News Media

Posted by on April 03, 2013 in Blog

Osama Siblani, founder of the Michigan-based Arab American News, will be inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame on April 20th at its annual banquet.  Arab American News is the largest weekly Arab American publication in the country, with a circulation of roughly 35,000. Founded in 1984, Arab American News covers a wide range of issues of concern to the Arab American community, including local community news, Middle East developments, and US national news.  

Siblani will be inducted on April 20th along with recently-retired Detroit Metro Times editor Kim Heron and former...

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