Upholding our Values

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on November 20, 2015 in Blog

In the wake of last week’s terror attacks in Paris, refugees have received increased backlash across Europe and the United States. More than two dozen Republican governors and one Democratic governor, including presidential candidates, have announced that they will not be resettling Syrian refugees in their states. Their announcements have limited direct impact, however, since there is no lawful means to refuse legally accepted foreign refugees. It’s ridiculous and baffling that refugees are being blamed for attacks carried out by the same people they were were escaping from in the first...

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Holding Our Public Officials Accountable: #NoBigotry

Posted by Arab American Institute on November 20, 2015 in Blog

It’s been nearly a week since the tragic attacks on Paris and some U.S. officials, particularly presidential candidates, have reacted to the events with tired bigotry and hateful statements. We have seen bigotry before, but this level is a new low and these officials need to be held accountable. Despite the robust vetting process, many have doubled down on the misinformed and bigoted rhetoric that refugees are not vetted and pose security threats to the United States. Listed below is some of the worst rhetoric we have heard directed at Syrian refugees and American Muslims. Join us...

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2016 Election News Roundup: Week of November 16

Posted by Joan Hanna on November 20, 2015 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. Governor Snyder First in Wave of Anti Refugee Sentiments Governor Rick Snyder...

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Call On Your Elected Representative to Vote Against H.R.4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on November 18, 2015 in Blog
Tomorrow, November 19, 2015, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015. This bill was introduced by Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) as a reaction to the recent heinous attacks that occurred in Paris, France.
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Help us say #NoBigotry and yes to Syrian Refugees

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on November 18, 2015 in Blog

There have been various efforts from politicians to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. 32 governors have announced that they will temporarily, or permanently, reject the settlement of Syrian refugees in their state. Even worse, some presidential candidates are suggesting that for the first time ever we impose a religious test. And even before the attacks in Paris and Beirut, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim groups like the Center for Security Policy have published material making outlandish claims against Syrian refugees, specifically claiming that "migration is jihad." This is the familiar Islamophobia we’ve seen before, but this time lives hang in...

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Bodies Before Borders: How One Local Group is Helping Syrian Refugees

Posted by Margaret Lowry on November 18, 2015 in Blog
Over 12 million Syrians are in immediate need of humanitarian assistance, and the staggering need of the refugee community is apparent in every story. A group of women in Toledo, Ohio have channeled that need into action.
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#NoBigotry: The Truth Behind Syrian Refugee Resettlement in the U.S.

Posted by Arab American Institute on November 17, 2015 in Blog
Since the outbreak of the conflict in Syria, the U.S. has resettled a total of only 1,854 Syrian refugees
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Debunking Fear: Understanding Syrian Refugee Resettlement in the U.S.

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on November 16, 2015 in Blog

The heinous terrorist attacks recently perpetrated by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) in Paris resulted in the heart-wrenching loss of over 120 individuals. Yet again, ISIL has demonstrated to the world that it is willing to disregard human life in the name of its warped worldview.  Here in the United States, the fallout of this recent attack has been swift and robust.  Most notably, some politicians, presidential candidates, and pundits are using the recent attacks to call on the U.S. to close its...

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From Anti-Sharia to Anti-Refugee

Posted by Nadia Aziz on November 12, 2015 in Blog

Media attention surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis has largely focused on the debate and demand for the United States to increase its admittance numbers of Syrian refugees. With less than 1 percent of the refugees admitted to the U.S. since 2011 being Syrian, it is a worthy discussion.

Despite this being the worst humanitarian disaster of our time, part of the problem in taking in more Syrian refugees has been that a small group of members of Congress have attempted to frame this dire humanitarian crisis as a national security concern. These...

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Refugee Voices: AAI Highlights Stories of Arab Refugees at #Yalla2016

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 30, 2015 in Blog
On Friday, October 23rd presidential candidate Governor Martin O’Malley met with recently resettled refugees during the Arab American Institute's National Leadership Conference, #Yalla2016. Governor O’Malley met with Radhia Fakhrildeen, Moustafa Assad, and Noor Al Dabbagh to hear their personal stories and experiences of resettling in the United States.
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