The U.S. Refugee Vetting Process

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 01, 2015 in Blog
Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States would take in 85,000 refugees in the new fiscal year beginning October 1, and 100,000 next year. However, Obama’s decision to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees within the next year is meeting sharp criticism from current Presidential candidates and some members of Congress. Republican candidate Huckabee has recently come out with controversial comments about “opening the flood gates” for Syrian refugees who could be some of the “most violent and vicious people on Earth.” Other Republican candidates like Carson and Walker also bend the truth on the danger of allowing Syrian refugees into the country in opposition to Obama’s decision. Carson argues that the majority of Syrian refugees are young males who could be “infiltrated by terrorists.” The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, however, has data to suggest that 50.5% of refugees are women, 6.5% are males aged 12 to 17, and 51.1% are refugees under the age of 17 (38.5% of which are younger than 12 years old).
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Rethinking Syria

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on September 23, 2015 in Blog

“The central problem in Syria is that Sunni Arabs will not be willing partners against the Islamic State unless we commit to protect them and the broader Syrian population against all enemies, not just ISIS,” according to former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and military officer Gen. David Petreaus. Gen. Petreaus made this assertion, among others, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. policy in the Middle East on September 22, 2015. In his first public appearance on Capitol Hill since disclosing classified information during his...

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Snapshots: American Citizens Discriminated Against at the Israeli Border

Posted by Arab American Institute on September 23, 2015 in Blog
Snapshots: American Citizens Discriminated Against at the Israeli Border The Arab American Institute is collecting stories of American citizens who have been harassed, detained, or deported when attempting to enter Israel or Palestine. Here are some of the stories we've collected.
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Over 100 Organizations Call on U.S. to Accept 100,000 Syrian Refugees

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 18, 2015 in Blog

The Arab American Institute joined over 100 organizations in signing a letter to President Obama calling for the United States to accept 200,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2016, including 100,000 Syrian refugees. The letter calls on the US to show solidarity with our close allies in Europe and to continue to increase the amount the US gives in response to the humanitarian crisis.

In stark contrast to the 10,000 Syrian refugees that the White House announced earlier this month, and the 65,000 Syrian refugees that Presidential candidate Governor O’Malley...

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Properly Recognizing Salman Hamdani

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on September 16, 2015 in Blog

The story of Mohamed Salman Hamdani, a 23-year-old NYPD cadet and 9/11 first responder who lost his life at the World Trade Center, is well known to many in our community. To this day, Hamdani, a first generation American Muslim from Pakistan, is not listed at the 9/11 memorial honoring first responders, despite making the ultimate sacrifice in service of his fellow citizens. Salman Hamdani deserves to be recognized among the other 9/11 first responders who valiantly ran towards disaster. Hamdani epitomized what it means to be a hero – and he should be recognized alongside and in...

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Elected Officials' Statements on the Refugee Crisis

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on September 16, 2015 in Blog
The increased attention on the exodus of Syrians leaving their homes for Europe has led many presidential candidates and public officials to comment on how the U.S. has handled this humanitarian crisis and what the U.S. should do moving forward.
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Tell Your Member to Support Admitting More Syrian Refugees to U.S.

Posted on September 11, 2015 in Action Alerts
Tell Your Member to Support Admitting More Syrian Refugees to U.S.
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Cleaning Up Lebanon

Posted by Waseem Mardini on August 27, 2015 in Blog
The mountains of trash that have been piling up in the city this summer are but one symptom of the widespread corruption and dysfunction of Lebanese political officials. Municipal mismanagement has prevented effective delivery of electricity and water. Beirut residents must endure regular blackouts. Lebanon holds the dubious honor of having some of the slowest internet speeds of any country in the world.
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The Importance of Arab American Political Engagement

Posted by Nicole Khamis on August 25, 2015 in Blog
Feelings of alienation, fear, and disillusionment are all common reasons Arab Americans cite for their reluctance to touch anything political. While this is a common ‘immigrant approach,’ it is true that Arab Americans have not been the main beneficiaries of some of the countries policies. Events that have spanned from the Reagan Era until current times-such as the 20-year effort to deport Palestinian individuals, who were later deemed the “LA Eight” or the recent existence of a smear campaign aimed at pro-Palestinian and pro-BDS individuals-show Arab Americans that historically, and currently, that there is a price to pay if one chooses to be a dissident from the predominantly pro-Israel rhetoric of the United States.
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Ask Your Representative to Join the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Lebanon Relations

Posted on August 19, 2015 in Action Alerts
Ask Your Representative to Join the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Lebanon Relations
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