Section 702 of the FISA Amendment Act: Power and Uncertainty

Posted by Guest on March 15, 2017 in Blog

By Samantha Leathly  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was born in the tense political climate which followed revelations of President Richard Nixon’s alarming surveillance operations against his critics. FISA has since been extensively amended, and is now markedly different in character. On March 1, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on what is perhaps the most controversial FISA amendment: Section 702. Section 702 expires in December 2017, and Congress is facing a choice to either reauthorize it, or to reform its provisions. First passed in 2008 and reauthorized in 2012, Section 702 gives...

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Congress Must Enact the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act

Posted by Guest on February 28, 2017 in Blog

By Basseem Maleki

In 2011, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 – an ambitious bill designed to prevent racial profiling by law enforcement agencies. It was never put to a vote in the 112th Congress; however, this did not stop Senator Cardin from reintroducing the legislation in the 113th and 114th Congress. Time and again, Congress failed to enact the bill. Despite these fruitless attempts, Senator Cardin has reintroduced this legislation to the 115th Congress with one major update – the necessary inclusion of religion in the bill’s title. On...

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San Francisco pushes back against Joint Terrorism Task Force

Posted by Guest on February 13, 2017 in Blog

By Kelly Russo In the wake of Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, concerns that the Trump administration will continue to violate the first amendment rights of Arab American and American Muslims have risen exponentially. Civil liberties groups and activists have been prompting decisiveness from local governments and politicians alike. Last week, at the urging of the Asian Law Caucus, CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area office, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, and the ACLU of Northern California, the San Francisco Police Force (SFPD) has decided to suspend its contract with the...

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Support California's Resistance to the Muslim Ban & Muslim Registry

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.

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

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 27, 2017 in Blog

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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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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Advocacy Road Map

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 20, 2017 in Blog

The worsening trend of the U.S. government treating Arab Americans and American Muslims as communities solely defined by national security is a trend that stands  to accelerate under the incoming Trump administration. There is a way that the 3.7 million Arab Americans, 35% of whom are Muslim, can strategically fight back on key issues where national security drivers infringe on our civil rights: Policy_Buttons_16.jpg

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