Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees & Immigrants, Anne Richard, Discusses Syrian Refugee Policy at #Yalla2016

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 28, 2015 in Blog

Anne C. Richard joined AAI’s National Leadership Conference to deliver a luncheon keynote address regarding the Obama administration’s actions regarding the Syrian humanitarian crisis. Ms. Richard covered both humanitarian aid policies and resettlement efforts in her remarks, which you can watch in full below.

Anne C. Richard was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration on April 2, 2012. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Richard was the vice president of government relations and advocacy for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an international aid agency that helps...

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#Yalla2016 Day 1: The Magnitude of the Crisis and Why the U.S. Must Respond

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 28, 2015 in Blog

The first day of AAI’s National Leadership Conference, #Yalla2016, was devoted to examining U.S. policy on the Syrian refugee crisis and considering ways to push Congress and the Obama administration to do more to help refugees. We were proud to have the whole day of programming co-sponsored by 15 national, international, and Syrian-American organizations, many of whom are leading the difficult work of providing services to refugees on the ground in camps and urban areas. On a panel titled, “The Magnitude of the Crisis” three of our co-sponsoring organizations joined a discussion that painted a clear, desperate picture about...

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#Yalla2016 Day 1: The U.S. Looks at the Refugee Crisis

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 26, 2015 in Blog

The Arab American Institute kicked off its National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, Michigan with a day of programming that underscored the need for the United States to resettle more Syrian refugees and do more to alleviate the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and across the Middle East.

The program started with a video message from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) about his work on policies impacting Syrian refugees, which was played for the conference attendees to...

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Presidential Candidate Martin O'Malley Meets Arab Refugees & Addresses Arab American Voters

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on October 01, 2015 in Blog
AAI is excited to announce former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley is the first 2016 presidential candidate to confirm he will join us at our Yalla Vote: 2016 Leadership Summit in Dearborn, Michigan on October 23-25.
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The U.S. Refugee Vetting Process

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 01, 2015 in Blog
Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States would take in 85,000 refugees in the new fiscal year beginning October 1, and 100,000 next year. However, Obama’s decision to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees within the next year is meeting sharp criticism from current Presidential candidates and some members of Congress. Republican candidate Huckabee has recently come out with controversial comments about “opening the flood gates” for Syrian refugees who could be some of the “most violent and vicious people on Earth.” Other Republican candidates like Carson and Walker also bend the truth on the danger of allowing Syrian refugees into the country in opposition to Obama’s decision. Carson argues that the majority of Syrian refugees are young males who could be “infiltrated by terrorists.” The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, however, has data to suggest that 50.5% of refugees are women, 6.5% are males aged 12 to 17, and 51.1% are refugees under the age of 17 (38.5% of which are younger than 12 years old).
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Over 100 Organizations Call on U.S. to Accept 100,000 Syrian Refugees

Posted by Nadia Aziz on September 18, 2015 in Blog

The Arab American Institute joined over 100 organizations in signing a letter to President Obama calling for the United States to accept 200,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2016, including 100,000 Syrian refugees. The letter calls on the US to show solidarity with our close allies in Europe and to continue to increase the amount the US gives in response to the humanitarian crisis.

In stark contrast to the 10,000 Syrian refugees that the White House announced earlier this month, and the 65,000 Syrian refugees that Presidential candidate Governor O’Malley...

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Elected Officials' Statements on the Refugee Crisis

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on September 16, 2015 in Blog
The increased attention on the exodus of Syrians leaving their homes for Europe has led many presidential candidates and public officials to comment on how the U.S. has handled this humanitarian crisis and what the U.S. should do moving forward.
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Syria refugee crisis a no-win for Obama

Posted by Washington Times on September 13, 2015 in News Clips

By Stephen Dinan

Human rights groups say President Obama's opening bid of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees next year is far too timid in the face of the humanitarian catastrophe playing out in the Middle East, and even his own party colleagues in Congress are preparing to raise him tenfold, calling for the U.S. to take in 100,000 Syrians.

Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, warn that the U.S. isn't nearly prepared to vet the refugees, and say radicalized Muslims are certain to use the program to try to gain a foothold in the U.S.

Trapped in the middle is Mr. Obama, who...

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Ordinary People Living Through Extraordinary Times

Posted by Sabrin Qadi on August 21, 2015 in Blog
For the Syrian people caught in a tragic civil war, existence precedes essence. Najlaa Sheekh, an individual caught in between the conflict of armed groups in her country paved a way for herself and others to continue existing rather than submitting to the attributed essence others use to define those— stereotypes and labels of refugees by the West.
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Saving the Interpreters Who Were Left Behind

Posted by Sabrin Qadi on June 30, 2015 in Blog
Matt Zeller, founder of the non-profit organization, No One Left Behind, has dedicated the next decade of his life to bringing every interpreter who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan war, and their family, to the United States. Zeller was a service member in Afghanistan, a wounded combat veteran who did a one time tour. His zealous advocacy in support of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters comes from the fact that his Afghan interpreter, Janis Shinwari, came to his aid during a nearly fatal ambush.
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