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...Read more
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.
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): ...Read more
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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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...Read more
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...Read more
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....Read more
Posted by Arab American Institute on January 23, 2017 in Blog
Building on the release of AAI's "Advocacy Road Map," Government Relations Director Nadia Aziz joined activists in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 22 to discuss the community's immediate priorities and help develop them into an action plan. "The November election jolted many in our community, especially given our stance for immigrant rights and religious freedom. So, it's important for us to get together, as a community, to figure out how to deal with the potential domestic and foreign challenges. This meeting went a long way in developing that strategy," said Marwan Kreidie, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Arab-American Development Corps and an AAI...Read more
Posted by Arab American Institute on January 20, 2017 in Blog
Download the Advocacy Road Map Here! 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:Read more
Posted on January 04, 2017 in Action Alerts
Yesterday, the House and the Senate introduced legislation that would object to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as “as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace.” H.R. 11 & S. Res 11 companion bill are unfounded and unwise criticisms of the Obama administration for abstaining from the UNSC resolution which condemned Israel for its settlements in the occupied West Bank. Contrary to what these bills (H.R. 11 & S.R. 11) say, they do NOT aim to support the peace process. That was made even more clear when...Read more