Looming TPS Announcement Raises Anxiety Among Syrians

Posted by Guest on January 29, 2018 in Blog

By Mona Ahmed

The fate of almost 7,000 Syrians residing in the U.S. with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will likely be announced on January 31. Prior to that day, the Trump Administration must decide if the program will be extended for another 18-month period from March 31.

TPS provides an alternative solution for Syrians that either don’t qualify for, or don’t want to commit to the permanence of seeking asylum, but need immediate shelter from the ongoing armed conflict in their home country. Unlike asylum, TPS provides no designated lawful...

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AAI Statement on Dramatic Cut to Refugee Admissions

Posted on October 10, 2017 in Press Releases

For immediate release September 27, 2017

AAI Statement on Dramatic Cut to Refugee Admissions

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to reduce refugee admissions.

We are deeply disappointed by the Administration’s decision to dramatically lower refugee admissions, especially at a time where there is such great need in the world. 

The Trump Administration has refused to accept any more than 45,000 this year, half of the previous administration’s plans and counter to the recommendation of refugee resettlement organizations, and  counterterrorism and military leaders. This decision is despite the United Nations’ determination...

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World Refugee Day 2017: Syria in Crisis

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on June 20, 2017 in Blog

World Refugee Day 2017

Posted by Guest on June 20, 2017 in Blog

By Annie Riley

The world is currently experiencing the most significant humanitarian catastrophe since World War II. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the number of forcibly displaced people hit a record 65.3 million in 2015. The sheer numbers of this tragedy mean it is more important than ever to stand up, support, and help refugees. 

Arab Americans are a community of refugees and immigrants, and they have a long history of giving back to their community and the nation as a whole. This month, the...

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How You Can Stand For Refugees

Posted by Guest on June 19, 2017 in Blog

By Annie Riley

Today we’re marking the United Nations’ 17th World Refugee Day and sharing ways you can make a difference. At difficult times like this, one of the most important things we can do is help create a warm and welcoming community for immigrants and refugees. In the case of refugees, part of creating that welcoming environment is learning about the scope of the problem, and then acting on it to become an advocate for refugee admissions. Get the facts about the...

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Meet Arab Americans standing up for refugees

Posted by Arab American Institute on June 19, 2017 in Blog

Nicole Khamis, Michigan Refugee Assistance Program

What was your motivation for founding MRAP?

My family is Palestinian and was forcibly displaced, so living in diaspora is my daily reality. I often have a hard time reconciling the opportunities I have, such as going to a school like Michigan or living in relatively safety, because I know many individuals who, just by virtue of living in a different part of the world, will never have the same opportunities I will have. Because of this, I have tried to use my privilege...

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The Global Refugee Crisis

Posted by Guest on June 19, 2017 in Blog

By Annie Riley

On June 20th, 2017, the world observes the United Nations’ 17th annual World Refugee Day. In 2016, the number of refugees and other forcibly displaced people continued to increase due to “Violent conflict and persecution, compounded by rising food insecurity, environmental degradation, poor governance and countless other factors.” By the end of 2016, the majority of the worlds refugees was coming from the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria), Palestine, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Somalia,  Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Myanmar, Eritrea, Burundi, and Colombia, respectively.

Numerous conflicts across...

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Injunctions on Trump’s Travel Ban Appealed to the Supreme Court

Posted by Ryan Suto on June 02, 2017 in Blog

Last night the Government motioned to stay the injunctions placed on the President’s second Travel Ban executive order which halts entry to the United States by citizens of five Arab countries and Iran. The injunctions, one by the Hawaii district court and the latest on May 25th by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, have continued to block the President’s attempt at singling out Muslims in the name of national security, often citing anti-Muslim rhetoric on the part of the Administration. The Government also filed an appeal of the Fourth Circuit’s decision to the Supreme Court.

In the filings the Government argues...

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#ArabAmericansLead 2017: Expert panelists talk immigration

Posted by Guest on May 05, 2017 in Blog

By Sam Leathley

At AAI’s Expert Debriefing during last week’s Arab American Leadership Days, Greg Chen of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Jen Smyers of Church World Service delivered a concise, realistic look at how immigration and refugee policies under Trump will impact the Arab American and Muslim American community.  

Beginning with an even, pragmatic tone, Chen acknowledged that many in the audience “knew this (the Muslim ban) was coming” in the months leading up to the election. Like many in attendance, Chen and other panelists had worked together...

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