Countdown Vol. 13 No. 39: An Average Week in America

Posted on December 03, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown shootings in the US, Trump's bigotry, EU out of "peace process" and more
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#NoBigotry: The Truth Behind Syrian Refugee Resettlement in the U.S.

Posted on December 01, 2015 in Action Alerts
Since the outbreak of the conflict in Syria, the U.S. has resettled a total of only 1,854 Syrian refugees
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Call On Your Elected Representative to Vote Against H.R.4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on November 18, 2015 in Blog
Tomorrow, November 19, 2015, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015. This bill was introduced by Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) as a reaction to the recent heinous attacks that occurred in Paris, France.
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Vote Against H.R.4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015

Posted on November 18, 2015 in Action Alerts
Tomorrow, November 19, 2015, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015
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#NoBigotry: The Truth Behind Syrian Refugee Resettlement in the U.S.

Posted by Arab American Institute on November 17, 2015 in Blog
Since the outbreak of the conflict in Syria, the U.S. has resettled a total of only 1,854 Syrian refugees
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Debunking Fear: Understanding Syrian Refugee Resettlement in the U.S.

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on November 16, 2015 in Blog

The heinous terrorist attacks recently perpetrated by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) in Paris resulted in the heart-wrenching loss of over 120 individuals. Yet again, ISIL has demonstrated to the world that it is willing to disregard human life in the name of its warped worldview.  Here in the United States, the fallout of this recent attack has been swift and robust.  Most notably, some politicians, presidential candidates, and pundits are using the recent attacks to call on the U.S. to close its...

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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 36: Reality Check

Posted on November 13, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: "Progressive except on Palestine," Turkey and Syria, Immigration reform, NSA ruling and more
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From Anti-Sharia to Anti-Refugee

Posted by Nadia Aziz on November 12, 2015 in Blog

Media attention surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis has largely focused on the debate and demand for the United States to increase its admittance numbers of Syrian refugees. With less than 1 percent of the refugees admitted to the U.S. since 2011 being Syrian, it is a worthy discussion.

Despite this being the worst humanitarian disaster of our time, part of the problem in taking in more Syrian refugees has been that a small group of members of Congress have attempted to frame this dire humanitarian crisis as a national security concern. These...

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AAI Congressional Briefing: DOJ Guidance on Profiling

Posted by Nisreen Eadeh on November 04, 2015 in Blog

In June 2003, Attorney General Ashcroft issued the Department of Justice's Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, which said that federal "law enforcement ought not to profile when engaging in their duties." As AAI Executive Director Maya Berry said at the briefing last week, "this makes sense," but there were too many loopholes exempting certain law enforcement from adhering to the guidance. As a result, The Department of Justice, under Attorney General Eric Holder, updated the Guidance in December 2014 to include not only racial profiling, but profiling based on ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation,...

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Presidential Candidates Court Arab American Vote at AAI's #Yalla2016 National Leadership Conference

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 30, 2015 in Blog
Presidential candidates Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Governor John Kasich (R-OH), Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addressed the Arab American Institute’s National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, Michigan to outline their understanding of the Arab American community and our issues. Ahead of every presidential election year, AAI invites every Republican & Democratic candidates seeking their Party’s nomination to address the conference and persuade the Arab American to vote in their favor. There are over 3.7 million Arab Americans, nationwide, highly concentrated in some of the most politically contested states including Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The Arab American community has one of the highest rates of voter participation among ethnic minorities with over 88% of the Arab American community registered to vote and of those registered, 90% say they are likely to vote in upcoming national elections. The Arab American vote has become a nationally courted constituency for Democrats and Republicans alike. Below are highlights from the candidates who were able to join us.
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