Take Action: Urge Your Members of Congress to Ban Racial & Religious Profiling by Law Enforcement

Posted by Ali Albassam on February 24, 2017 in Blog

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with more than two dozen original cosponsors, has re-introduced his legislation to ban discriminatory profiling by all levels of law enforcement nationwide. S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (ERRPA), is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of laws by ensuring policies and procedures are in place for law enforcement to promote best practices. ERRPA also closes existing loopholes in the DOJ Guidance to ensure federal, state, and local agencies responsible for the enforcement of...

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Tell Your Senators to VOTE NO on David Friedman

Posted by Arab American Institute on February 15, 2017 in Blog

On Thursday morning - at 10:00am eastern - the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has an important opportunity to put a stop to President Trump's radical re-definition of U.S. policy towards Israel and Palestine by voting NO on David Friedman.

President Trump has nominated David Friedman, previously Trump's personal bankruptcy lawyer, to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel. If you believe in justice for Palestine - call your Senators TODAY to urge them to VOTE NO. Friedman's far right-wing views on Palestinians, on what would be an acceptable resolution to the conflict, his financial support for illegal Israeli settlement activity,...

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Advocate Locally During this Congressional Recess

Posted by Ali Albassam on February 13, 2017 in Blog

Next week (February 18–26) Members of Congress will be in their home districts to connect with constituents like you. This is an important time to start advocating locally on the issues you care about most. Click here to request a meeting with your representative now. There are so many issues that your Member of Congress needs to know that you care about, but most especially he/she needs to hear your voice opposing the Muslim Ban Executive Order. While the order is currently...

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How Your Local City Can Oppose the Muslim Ban

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 02, 2017 in Blog

There are important legal challenges moving forward against President Trump's Executive Order banning Syrian refugees and temporarily suspending our refugee program. Before, during, and after these legal challenges are considered by federal courts, AAI is calling for cities and states to pass resolutions condemning the Muslim Ban. Below we have provided draft text that Arab Americans and our allies can present to their state and city legislators to be introduced and voted on. It is important for individuals states step up to denounce President Trump's un-American...

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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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Oppose Virginia Bills that are Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Refugee, and Anti-Free Speech

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on February 02, 2017 in Blog

In Virginia, there are several ways Arab Americans can organize against problematic anti-immigrant, anti-refugee policies that are coming down from the Administration and from the Virginia state legislature. Indeed, Virginia bills are actually outflanking Trump to impose discriminatory immigration policies at the state level. While AAI continues to work nationally to challenge the legality, practicality, and implementation of the Muslim Ban – we're calling on Arab Americans in Virginia to work against these what's happening in their state. Please join the ACLU-Virginia's action alert to express your opposition to the following bills (analysis via the ACLU): ...

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AAI Fact Sheet: Trump's 'Muslim Ban' Executive Order

Posted by Nadia Aziz on February 01, 2017 in Blog

Get the facts about the Executive Order issued on Jan. 27th by President Trump, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  This Order is a “Muslim Ban” in practice. This fact sheet explains the authority President Trump has to issue executive actions, what the Order entails, and how it can be challenged.

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Stand Against Executive Orders on Immigration and Refugees

Posted on January 27, 2017 in Action Alerts

Today, one week into his term, President Trump signed Executive Orders that halt and roll back some of America’s proudest traditions. We must respond now. From suspending the refugee resettlement program, to denying entry to the United States for individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries, to adding needlessly stringent requirements on an already robust vetting process, President Trump is not leading. And these orders come after announcements about building the wall and opposing sanctuary cities. America is a proud nation of immigrants. America is a country that has historically welcomed refugees fleeing war and persecution. These...

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Trump's Executive Orders on Immigration & Refugees Are UnAmerican. Here's How We Fight.

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

Today, one week into his term, President Trump signed Executive Orders that halt and roll back some of America’s proudest traditions. We must respond now. From suspending the refugee resettlement program, to denying entry to the United States for individuals from Arab and Muslim-majority countries, to adding needlessly stringent requirements on an already robust vetting process, President Trump is not leading. And these orders come after announcements about building the wall and opposing sanctuary cities. America is a proud nation of immigrants. America is a country that has historically welcomed refugees fleeing war...

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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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