Trump and The Attempted Erasure of Palestinians

Posted by Suher Adi on August 28, 2018 in Blog

The Trump Administration has been working toward presenting his “deal of the century” and delivering Palestinian-Israeli peace during his tenure in office. Resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been seen as a key issue to delivering “peace and stability” to the region. Every President in recent history has attempted to present themselves as an unbiased broker, but Trump has even done away with that pretense.

As with any administration before his, Trump came into office understanding that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will remain prominent in the headlines, and thus would continue to be a major foreign policy focus. And just like other...

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Standing With Refugees in 2018

Posted by Guest on June 20, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven 

For World Refugee Day, we have been posting blogs that convey the facts and data about the world refugee crisis. It is incredibly important to stay informed about these issues and to continue to show support for those in need. Here are several ways in which you can help. Get the facts about the worldwide refugee crisis. Learn more about the detrimental impact...

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World Refugee Day 2018: By the Numbers

Posted by Guest on June 20, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

Today, we celebrate World Refugee Day in an effort to raise awareness about the growing crises around the world. Last year, the number of forcibly displaced people in the world increased due to “persecution, conflict, or generalized violence.” It now sits at 68.5 million, a new record high. The majority of refugees came from the Syrian Arab Republic, Palestine, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Myanmar, Eritrea, and Burundi.

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World Refugee Day 2018

Posted by Guest on June 20, 2018 in Blog

By Allison Ulven

On June 20, the United Nations recognizes World Refugee Day to raise awareness about the the ongoing crises and ask that people do anything they can to help those in need. As people around the world continue to flee their homes in search of shelter, opportunity, and hope, it is important that we stay informed and show our support.

2017 saw a rapid increase of refugees. By the middle of the year, the number of people under the UNHCR’s...

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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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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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