Trump's Executive Orders on Immigration & Refugees Are UnAmerican. Here's How We Fight.

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

Today, one week into his term, President Trump signed Executive Orders that halt and roll back some of America’s proudest traditions. We must respond now. From suspending the refugee resettlement program, to denying entry to the United States for individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries, to adding needlessly stringent requirements on an already robust vetting process, President Trump is not leading. And these orders come after announcements about building the wall and opposing sanctuary cities. America is a proud nation of immigrants. America is a country that has historically welcomed refugees fleeing war...

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Facebook Censorship Remains Problematic Despite Response to Coalition Concerns

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on January 19, 2017 in Blog
Last Fall, the Arab American Institute joined more than 70 civil rights organizations in pushing Facebook to explain and improve its censorship of content. Many activists from social justice movements like the Black Lives Matter movement, the Dakota Access Pipeline protestors, and the Palestinian solidarity movement have complained about content being removed from Facebook without cause. When challenged about the troubling censorship Facebook cited Community Standards, but we wrote to demand more information and improved practices.
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SCOTUS Should Affirm Constitutional Rights Are For All

Posted by Nadia Aziz on January 18, 2017 in Blog

The Obama Justice Department will spend its final 48 hours fighting against the rights of post-9/11 detainees at the Supreme Court later today in the case of Ziglar v Abbasi. At stake is the ability of the detainees to challenge unconstitutional policies by seeking damages from federal officials. The case itself stems from the post 9/11 roundup of hundreds, often based on nothing more than unfounded reports, discrimination, or outright bias. In fact, a Justice Department IG later rebuked officials for the “indiscriminate and haphazard” way in which they erroneously classified many of these individuals as terror suspects....

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Countdown Vol. 15 No. 7: 12 DAYS!

Posted on October 27, 2016 in Countdown

FIFA Considering Status of Israeli Settlement Clubs this Month

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 05, 2016 in Blog
Ahead of the FIFA Council Meeting October 14-15, AAI sent letters to the President of FIFA and the President of U.S. Soccer to provide input on an important agenda item: the status of Israeli settlement soccer clubs in FIFA and in the Israeli Football Association. Currently, there are at least five Israeli clubs based in illegal Israel settlements (Ma’aleh Adumim, Ariel, Bik’at Hayarden, Givat Ze’ev, Kiryat Arba, and Oranit) that are included in the Israeli Football Association’s league. It is our strong recommendation that FIFA should ask Israel to either relocate or suspend the settlement clubs from their national league, or else be suspended as a member of FIFA. Settlement clubs clearly violate FIFA’s own statutes governing member association conduct (Articles 11 [1], 72 [2], 73, and 3]).
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AAI Briefing: "No Fly, No Buy" and the "Terrorist Watch List"

Posted by Guest on September 24, 2016 in Blog
The Arab American Institute hosted a congressional briefing on Friday, September 23rd about profiling and due process concerns that arise with government watch-listing. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D, MI-12) provided opening remarks ahead of a panel of experts on civil rights.
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Community, faith leaders ask Congress to support refugees

Posted by Guest on September 19, 2016 in Blog

By Mahamad Omar President Barack Obama’s administration plans to increase the entry of worldwide refugees into the United States in 2017 to 110,000, according to an annual refugee report to Congress obtained Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal. Up from 85,000 this fiscal year, the raise marks nearly a 30% increase.  The last year the U.S. committed to settling as many refugees was in 1995, when President Bill Clinton set the ceiling at 112,000. While many advocates do not see this plan as enough to handle...

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The Deeply Flawed Watch Listing Process and "No Fly, No Buy" Debate

Posted by Leila Elaqad on August 31, 2016 in Blog

Following the June 2016 shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, a new debate over gun control measures was sparked in Congress. The Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, had previously been under FBI investigation on two separate occasions, and at one point had been placed on a government terrorist watch list. In light of this, many Democrats called for what they nicknamed, a “No Fly, No Buy” gun control bill, suggesting this measure would have prevented Mateen from purchasing the weapon he used to kill 49 innocent people in Orlando. “No Fly, No Buy” proponents advocated...

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AAI Joins DC Rally 4 Refugees

Posted by Nadia Aziz on August 29, 2016 in Blog

In the wake of a heated and bigotry-rampant election cycle, grassroots advocates and NGOs gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC to show support for refugees, and call on the U.S. government to do more. The "DC Rally 4 Refugees” was a strong showing of support that the American public welcomes refugees, and is proud of our time-honored tradition of welcoming the world’s most vulnerable. Attendees wore orange as an expression of solidarity, and listened to speakers and performers throughout the afternoon. Artists in attendance included...

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