Posted by Ali Albassam on February 03, 2017 in Blog
President Trump ushered in the first week of his presidency with 12 sweeping executive orders covering topics from immigration, to healthcare and trade in an attempt to make good on his ambitious campaign promises.
Below you can familiarize yourself with some of the most controversial executive orders, their feasibility and the problems they pose for Americans. For ways that you can make a difference in your community check out our Advocacy Road Map.
One of Candidate Trump’s biggest campaign promises was to "build the wall" along the U.S.- Mexican border to keep "illegals" out. On January...Read more
Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 02, 2017 in Blog
There are important legal challenges moving forward against President Trump's Executive Order banning Syrian refugees and temporarily suspending our refugee program. Before, during, and after these legal challenges are considered by federal courts, AAI is calling for cities and states to pass resolutions condemning the Muslim Ban. Below we have provided draft text that Arab Americans and our allies can present to their state and city legislators to be introduced and voted on. It is important for individuals states step up to denounce President Trump's un-American...Read more
Posted by Kristin McCarthy on February 02, 2017 in Blog
The state of California is taking an early lead in fight back against President Trump's Muslim Ban and any chance of his administration implementing a registry of Arab Americans and/or American Muslims. There are a few bills currently in the state legislature that are strong statements against the policies of the administration that are targeting Muslims. Here’s a quick rundown with links to take action today. AAI commends the ACLU-Northern California’s statement about President Trump’s shameful Executive Order and support of these bills. You can find their statement here.
Posted by Kristin McCarthy on February 02, 2017 in Blog
In Virginia, there are several ways Arab Americans can organize against problematic anti-immigrant, anti-refugee policies that are coming down from the Administration and from the Virginia state legislature. Indeed, Virginia bills are actually outflanking Trump to impose discriminatory immigration policies at the state level. While AAI continues to work nationally to challenge the legality, practicality, and implementation of the Muslim Ban – we're calling on Arab Americans in Virginia to work against these what's happening in their state. Please join the ACLU-Virginia's action alert to express your opposition to the following bills (analysis via the ACLU): ...Read more
Posted by Raneem Alkhatib on January 30, 2017 in Blog
by Raneem Alkhatib Arab Americans across the country took immediate action over the weekend following President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration and refugees. The order was basically a Muslim ban, aiming to halt entry for citizens of seven Muslim majority countries. Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen are, so far, the countries on this list. Arab Americans, many of who are directly affected by this ban, went to their nearest airport to join in organic protests calling...Read more
Posted on January 27, 2017 in Action Alerts
Today, one week into his term, President Trump signed Executive Orders that halt and roll back some of America’s proudest traditions. We must respond now. From suspending the refugee resettlement program, to denying entry to the United States for individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries, to adding needlessly stringent requirements on an already robust vetting process, President Trump is not leading. And these orders come after announcements about building the wall and opposing sanctuary cities. America is a proud nation of immigrants. America is a country that has historically welcomed refugees fleeing war and persecution. These...Read more
Today, one week into his term, President Trump signed Executive Orders that halt and roll back some of America’s proudest traditions. We must respond now. From suspending the refugee resettlement program, to denying entry to the United States for individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries, to adding needlessly stringent requirements on an already robust vetting process, President Trump is not leading. And these orders come after announcements about building the wall and opposing sanctuary cities. America is a proud nation of immigrants. America is a country that has historically welcomed refugees fleeing war...Read more
Statement: AAI President James Zogby on President Trump’s Executive Action on Immigration and Refugee Admissions
The Executive Order issued today by President Trump is wrong on so many levels. President Trump's order to ban the entry of individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries to the U.S. is a misguided act that will deny millions of Americans the opportunity to be visited by their parents, siblings, and other family members. Similarly, there is the President's decision to suspend our nation's refugee program. With one broad stoke, he has slammed the door on tens of thousands of innocents fleeing persecution and seeking refuge in our country. This heartless act is not based on security concerns,...Read more
The Arab American Institute (AAI) released a new Zogby Analytics poll tracking American Attitudes toward immigration, civil rights, and surveillance on Friday, January 27, 2017.
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Key Findings 41% of Americans, including 52% of Democrats and 44% of Independents, believe we should proceed with the plan to resettle Syrian refugees. 59% of Democrats and a plurality of Republicans and Independents believe that undocumented immigrants, with no criminal record currently living and working in the United States should have a path to legal status....Read more
Plurality of Americans Stand with Refugees and Undocumented In Contrast to Policies Outlined by President Trump
Posted on January 27, 2017 in Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan 27, 2017 Contact: Jennifer Salan, 202-429-9210 / email@example.com Plurality of Americans Stand with Refugees and Undocumented In Contrast to Policies Outlined by President Trump (Washington)...Read more