AAI Statement on Sebastian Gorka

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 23, 2017 in Blog

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

June 23, 2017

Following the Daily Beast’s reporting that Sebastian Gorka delivered an anti-Muslim lecture to FBI officials in August 2016, long after the agency was ordered to end bigoted presentations, the Arab American Institute’s Executive Director, Maya Berry, issued the following statement about Gorka, who continues to serve as Deputy Assistant to President Trump: “Sadly, Gorka’s views are all too well known to us. He has made demonization of Muslims his full-time job regardless of the title he holds or who he is speaking to. Although he’s never hid...

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Hill Briefing to Discuss Rise of Hate Groups, Hate Crimes & Formulating a Response

Posted on June 23, 2017 in Press Releases

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE 

Media Advisory:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2017

Contact: Jennifer Salan jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

Hill Briefing to Discuss Rise of Hate Groups, Hate Crimes & Formulating a Response

[Washington, DC] The Arab American Institute will hold a briefing for congressional staff on the increase in hate groups and hate crimes on Tuesday, June 27 at 10AM.

The Southern Poverty Law Center found 867 incidents of hate in the first 10 days following the November election, including more than 300 where the target was Muslim or immigrant. The SPLC also found an increase in the number of hate...

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Statement: Hill Briefing to Discuss Rise of Hate Groups, Hate Crimes & Formulating a Response

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 23, 2017 in Blog

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE 

Media Advisory:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2017

Contact: Jennifer Salan jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 

Hill Briefing to Discuss Rise of Hate Groups, Hate Crimes & Formulating a Response

[Washington, DC] The Arab American Institute will hold a briefing for congressional staff on the increase in hate groups and hate crimes on Tuesday, June 27 at 10AM.

The Southern Poverty Law Center found 867 incidents of hate in the first 10 days following the November election, including more than 300 where the target was Muslim or immigrant. The SPLC also found an increase in the number of hate...

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Statement: AAI Statement on Detentions of Iraqi Americans

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 12, 2017 in Blog

The Arab American Institute is deeply disturbed by news of the detentions and planned deportation of Arab Americans from our Chaldean and broader Iraqi community. The clear majority of these individuals are family men and successful members of their community who have taken responsibility for past offenses. Some attorneys are suggesting that to detain and deport them after they have already paid their debt to society subjects them to double jeopardy. Additionally, since their deportation means they will be returned to an active conflict zone, it’s a sentence that could cost them their lives. 

Not unlike other immigrant...

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AAI Statement on Detentions of Iraqi Americans

Posted on June 12, 2017 in Press Releases

The Arab American Institute is deeply disturbed by news of the detentions and planned deportation of Arab Americans from our Chaldean and broader Iraqi community. The clear majority of these individuals are family men and successful members of their community who have taken responsibility for past offenses. Some attorneys are suggesting that to detain and deport them after they have already paid their debt to society subjects them to double jeopardy. Additionally, since their deportation means they will be returned to an active conflict zone, it’s a sentence that could cost them their lives. 

Not unlike other immigrant...

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Letter: AAI Rejects OMB Nominee who Denigrated American Muslims & Islam

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 07, 2017 in Blog

Today the Arab American Institute joined with Bend the Arc Jewish Action and Muslim Advocates to oppose the nomination of Russell Vought as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. The letter below was sent to members of the Senate Budget Committee.

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Arab American Institute Statement Marking 50 years of Israeli Occupation of Palestine

Posted on June 06, 2017 in Press Releases

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE  For Immediate Release Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

June 5, 2017

This week marks 50 years of military occupation, the longest in modern history, for the people of Palestine. Although there are more than 12 million Palestinians around the world today, 66% of them are considered forcibly displaced persons and only about half live in what was historical Palestine. It’s a reminder that even during the refugee crisis we are witnessing today, Palestinians continue to be the largest displaced population in the world.

Despite being forced...

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Statement: AAI Welcomes Court Actions on Muslim Ban

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 16, 2017 in Blog

Once again, the courts are demonstrating there is a mechanism built into our system that protects our constitutional rights. The decisions of the judges in both Hawaii and Maryland halt the implementation of Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees and immigrants from six Arab and Muslim-majority countries. While the government tried to clean up this discriminatory action, the courts see it for what it is – exactly what President Trump campaigned on and what his staff have been advocating for – a Muslim ban. The actions by the courts yesterday are welcome news to all Americans who believe in...

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AAI Welcomes Court Actions on Muslim Ban

Posted on March 16, 2017 in Press Releases

Once again, the courts are demonstrating there is a mechanism built into our system that protects our constitutional rights. The decisions of the judges in both Hawaii and Maryland halt the implementation of Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees and immigrants from six Arab and Muslim-majority countries. While the government tried to clean up this discriminatory action, the courts see it for what it is – exactly what President Trump campaigned on and what his staff have been advocating for – a Muslim ban. The actions by the courts yesterday are welcome news to all Americans who believe in...

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Statement: AAI President James Zogby on President Trump’s Executive Action on Immigration and Refugee Admissions

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 27, 2017 in Blog

The Executive Order issued today by President Trump is wrong on so many levels.  President Trump's order to ban the entry of individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries to the U.S.  is a misguided act that will deny millions of Americans the opportunity to be visited by their parents, siblings, and other family members.  Similarly, there is the President's decision to suspend our nation's refugee program. With one broad stoke, he has slammed the door on tens of thousands of innocents fleeing persecution and seeking refuge in our country. This heartless act is not based on security concerns,...

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