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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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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U.S. Refugee Vetting

Posted on June 02, 2017 in Domestic Policy

U.S. Refugee Vetting

Background

Since the early stages of his candidacy in 2015, President Donald Trump has warned of the alleged dangers of Syrian refugees coming into the United States, calling them “Trojan horses” for terrorists. During the campaign he called for “extreme vetting” to be employed on incoming refugees. This fabricated fear that refugees could be infiltrated by terrorists comes from a lack of knowledge about the existing refugee vetting process.

In reality, the process for accepting refugees into the U.S. is already thorough,...


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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AAI Intern Alum Awarded Fulbright Award

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on April 17, 2017 in Blog
AAI Intern Alum Nicole Khamis Awarded Fulbright
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Statement: AAI Welcomes Court Actions on Muslim Ban

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 16, 2017 in Blog

Once again, the courts are demonstrating there is a mechanism built into our system that protects our constitutional rights. The decisions of the judges in both Hawaii and Maryland halt the implementation of Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees and immigrants from six Arab and Muslim-majority countries. While the government tried to clean up this discriminatory action, the courts see it for what it is – exactly what President Trump campaigned on and what his staff have been advocating for – a Muslim ban. The actions by the courts yesterday are welcome news to all Americans who believe in...

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AAI Welcomes Court Actions on Muslim Ban

Posted on March 16, 2017 in Press Releases

Once again, the courts are demonstrating there is a mechanism built into our system that protects our constitutional rights. The decisions of the judges in both Hawaii and Maryland halt the implementation of Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees and immigrants from six Arab and Muslim-majority countries. While the government tried to clean up this discriminatory action, the courts see it for what it is – exactly what President Trump campaigned on and what his staff have been advocating for – a Muslim ban. The actions by the courts yesterday are welcome news to all Americans who believe in...

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Muslim Ban 2.0: Two Key Points You Can Fight Now

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on March 14, 2017 in Blog

Yesterday, President Trump finally unveiled the second iteration of his Executive Order temporarily banning refugees and visa issuances to individuals from six Arab and Muslim majority countries. While there are significant differences between the first and second versions, the Executive Order (EO) issued yesterday remains discriminatory, inhumane, without a factual basis, and counterproductive to U.S. national security interests. It is indeed a “Muslim Ban 2.0” and should be fought as such. While many focus rightly on the urgent legal battles, there are two under-reported points that...

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Washington Watch: Trump's Executive Order Is an Existential Threat to America

Posted on March 11, 2017 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby This week President Donald Trump issued a revised Executive Order (EO or Order) restricting immigration from six majority Muslim countries and more than halving the US refugee program. This version includes some significant changes: it is more carefully written; it removes Iraq from the list of countries falling under the ban; and it exempts those with green cards and valid visas. Nevertheless, it remains a false, dangerous, cruel, arbitrary, and bigoted assault on Muslims and the very idea of America as an open, welcoming society. The EO is based on the false premise...

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