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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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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Event: DC Rally 4 Refugees

Posted by Nadia Aziz on August 25, 2016 in Blog

The Arab American Institute will be joining the “DC Rally 4 Refugees” on Sunday, August 28th from 10 AM - 2:30 PM (rain or shine) at the Washington National Monument (Sylvan Theatre) on the National Mall.  The rally seeks to raise awareness about the global refugee crisis and urge the U.S. to take action to alleviate suffering through relief efforts and refugee resettlement. The rally will offer resources for those who wish to help and raise a collective voice against intolerance. 

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“The Outcast of Refugees”: Actor F. Murray Abraham and The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees speak out

Posted by Leila Elaqad on May 31, 2016 in Blog

While Syrian refugees make up 25% of the global refugee population, only .003% of refugees admitted into the U.S. since 2011 have been Syrian. Many congress members, as well as Multifaith Alliance members, addressed this often overlooked disparity to a packed room at a Hill briefing on May 17.      “The worst humanitarian crisis since my parents and I fled Hungary after the Holocaust.” - Georgette Bennett   Bennett is the president and founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees. As she described the Syrian refugee situation to congressional staffers, she...

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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of March 28

Posted by Joan Hanna on April 01, 2016 in Blog

AAI compiles a weekly roundup of election news tracking key races across the country as well as legislation that will impact voting rights ahead of the 2016 elections. For AAI’s coverage of presidential candidates and races, make sure to check out our profiles over at #YallaVote’s Election Central. And for more state specific information, head over to our election map and click on your state. You can read previous editions of our 2016 Election News Roundup right here at its headquarters.

 

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Ted Cruz Again: Because We Didn’t Talk About Refugees

Posted by Kevin Hack on March 29, 2016 in Blog

Wouldn’t it be the greatest stroke of irony if the United States Refugee Resettlement Program was shut down by the child of a refugee that resettled in the United States? Senator Cruz doesn’t think so. Or maybe he does and just believes that the universe is guided by ironic twists of fate.

Last week, after calling for the policing and surveillance of all Muslim communities, a statement which out-controversy-ed even Donald Trump, Senator Cruz issued a letter to the Departments of State and Health and Human Services (HHS) insinuating poor performance on the part of the Refugee Resettlement Program...

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Op-Ed by ALC Delegate Sam Hindi: "An eye-opening study trip"

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 26, 2016 in Blog

by Sam Hindi                                                                                                                          [This story originally appeared in The Daily Journal]

Fourteen days, three countries, eight elected Arab-American public servants, 25 meetings with broad and diverse spectrum of ambassadors,...

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The Sweet Smell of Friendship

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on February 25, 2016 in Blog

Lush Cosmetics made headlines recently with the launch of the “Hand of Friendship” soap. Lush, a UK-based cosmetics retailer, is no stranger to what they call “ethical campaigns.” They are well known for standing up for animal rights, environmental protection, and other humanitarian causes. From Feb. 15 to 28, 100% of proceeds from the sale of the $5.95 heart-shaped soap will go into the “Friendship Fund.” The fund then gives the proceeds to groups that welcome refugees and help resettle them in North America. Both Amnesty International Canada and...

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