American Attitudes on Immigration, Civil Rights, and Surveillance (2017)

Posted on January 27, 2017 in Reports

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....

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Emad Salem: Taking Advocacy Local

Posted by Joan Hanna on January 25, 2017 in Blog

Arab Americans are taking action locally all across the country. They are calling and emailing officials in their state legislatures, in Congress and the U.S. Senate as well as their Governors' offices. Even better, they are requesting meetings with elected officials and bringing other constituents along to make a greater impact. They’re also hosting community meetings to discuss what can be done on the local and state level to protect sanctuary cities, address hate crimes and fight for free speech. Emad Salem is a 2016 DNC Delegate and Senate District 10 Committeeman for the Texas...

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Philly Arab Americans Create Local Action Plan

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 23, 2017 in Blog

Building on the release of AAI's "Advocacy Road Map," Government Relations Director Nadia Aziz joined activists in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 22 to discuss the community's immediate priorities and help develop them into an action plan.  "The November election jolted many in our community, especially given our stance for immigrant rights and religious freedom. So, it's important for us to get together, as a  community, to figure out how to deal with the potential domestic and foreign challenges. This meeting went a long way in developing that strategy," said Marwan Kreidie, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Arab-American Development Corps and an AAI...

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AAI's Questions for Rex Tillerson at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on January 09, 2017 in Blog

Rex Tillerson will will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, January 11th at 9:00am. Watch online here Rex Tillerson has served 10 years as the CEO of ExxonMobil, the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. During Tillerson’s tenure at Exxon he oversaw global operations and negotiated business deals with foreign governments and major international conglomerates.  The Secretary of State serves as the President's chief foreign affairs adviser and is responsible for strategically developing diplomatic...

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How to Help Syrians Fleeing War

Posted by Jennifer Salan on December 14, 2016 in Blog

You can make a difference for Syrians who desperately need help. Below we’ve listed groups doing life-changing work on the ground for your consideration.                                                                      photo courtesy yeowatzup The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) “Over 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011, seeking safety in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and beyond....

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Sorting Fact from Fiction: The U.S. Immigration Process

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on November 22, 2016 in Blog

President-elect Donald Trump’s 10-point immigration plan has several problematic points seemingly rooted in xenophobia and a disregard for Constitutional values. Since recently reiterating immigration will be part of his early agenda it’s important to review what we know. One of the most concerning of his policies proposed on the campaign trail included a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States which later morphed into “extreme vetting” of foreign nationals from “terror-prone regions.” Very few specifics are available regarding Trump’s proposed vetting reforms and how they would essentially alter the current system. The so-called “Muslim ban” was...

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From Refugee to St. House Race, Ilhan Omar Looks to Break New Ground

Posted by Guest on November 01, 2016 in Blog
WINNER! Meet Ilhan Omar was elected Minnesota State Representative, making her the first Somali-American legislator
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Community, faith leaders ask Congress to support refugees

Posted by Guest on September 19, 2016 in Blog

By Mahamad Omar President Barack Obama’s administration plans to increase the entry of worldwide refugees into the United States in 2017 to 110,000, according to an annual refugee report to Congress obtained Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal. Up from 85,000 this fiscal year, the raise marks nearly a 30% increase.  The last year the U.S. committed to settling as many refugees was in 1995, when President Bill Clinton set the ceiling at 112,000. While many advocates do not see this plan as enough to handle...

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AAI Joins DC Rally 4 Refugees

Posted by Nadia Aziz on August 29, 2016 in Blog

In the wake of a heated and bigotry-rampant election cycle, grassroots advocates and NGOs gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC to show support for refugees, and call on the U.S. government to do more. The "DC Rally 4 Refugees” was a strong showing of support that the American public welcomes refugees, and is proud of our time-honored tradition of welcoming the world’s most vulnerable. Attendees wore orange as an expression of solidarity, and listened to speakers and performers throughout the afternoon. Artists in attendance included...

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Call on Congress to Increase Support for Refugee Resettlement

Posted on August 29, 2016 in Action Alerts

In September, President Obama and the United Nation’s General Assembly will both host summits to address the global refugee crisis.  The first-of-its-kind UN GA summit aims to bring countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach to address the large movements of refugees and migrants. It will provide the opportunity for Heads of State to create a blueprint for a better international response to the crisis. On September 20th, President Obama is hosting a Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis to “galvanize significant new global commitments” to increase funding of humanitarian aid, to admit more refugees...

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