On Record: Virginia Candidates Share Perspectives on Immigration

Posted by on October 02, 2014 in Blog

By Eddie Bejarano Fall Intern, 2014

“Since I came here in the 1960s, Roanoke has gone from being a sleepy, segregated town to being a city of extraordinary diversity. Today we proudly celebrate having more than 104 different nationalities,” reflected David Bowers, the Mayor of Roanoke, in a Washington Post article in March.

The change that Mayor Bowers witnessed in Roanoke is a process that is transpiring all across the United States. In regard to the Arab American community, the number of Virginians who claim an Arab ancestry more than doubled since...

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Yalla Vote 2014 Voter Guides

Posted on September 10, 2014 in Arab American Institute

                                    

                                           

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We’re as Shocked as You Are

Posted on June 11, 2014 in Countdown
Excuse us if we seem all over the place, but we can’t help but be in shock today after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss in the VA-07 primary yesterday. Cantor was dealt a sharp blow by a relatively unknown candidate, Dr. Dave Brat, who boasted a campaign war-chest of $200,000. No, we didn’t forget a zero.
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Senators Tim Kaine and Angus King take on the Middle East

Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Spring Intern, 2014

Fresh off their visit to Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Angus King (I-ME) are bringing their experiences back to Capitol Hill.

On Tuesday, Kaine, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, led a subcommittee hearing on “Lebanon at a Crossroads.”

The hearing included testimonies from Lawrence Silverman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs; Major General Michael T. Plehn, Principal Director for Middle East Policy...

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The Muslims Are Coming! - To VA This Friday

Posted by on December 02, 2013 in Blog

This Friday, December 6th, “The Muslims Are Coming!” to the Artisphere Theater in Rosslyn, Virginia. The film, directed by Arab American comedian Dean Obeidallah and Iranian American Negin Farsad, documents a traveling comedy tour as they perform free shows across America using the proven power of comedy to tackle Islamophobia and dispel misperceptions about Muslims.

Given the troubling trend of Islamophobia we have identified over the past few years in American political discourse and law enforcement, and in the attitudes of the general American public, this film comes at an important time.

The amount of rhetoric...

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Spying, Prying and Justifying

Posted on October 21, 2013 in Countdown
You don’t need us to tell you we like what we see from Bill de Blasio, the progressive Democrat who seems a shoo-in for the next mayor of New York City and has been harshly critical of the New York Police Department (NYPD)’s unconstitutional stop-and-frisk program. But this week he gave us the best reason yet to support his election in two weeks: he promised to end NYPD’s pervasive, widespread surveillance of Arab Americans and American Muslim New Yorkers.
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AAI Statement Opposing Immigration Enforcement Bill H.R. 2278, The SAFE Act

Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Blog

The SAFE Act, passed in the Judiciary Committee yesterday, is a misguided bill with a single-minded focus on immigration enforcement that will increase detentions and deportations and will create an environment of rampant racial profiling without addressing the fundamental flaws of our broken immigration system.

The bill was introduced in June 2013 by the Chair of the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), with the support of the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). 

The Arab American Institute applauds the efforts of the Members of Congress who have been working tirelessly to...

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AAI Statement Opposing Immigration Enforcement Bill H.R. 2278, The SAFE Act

Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Blog

The SAFE Act, passed in the Judiciary Committee yesterday, is a misguided bill with a single-minded focus on immigration enforcement that will increase detentions and deportations and will create an environment of rampant racial profiling without addressing the fundamental flaws of our broken immigration system.

The bill was introduced in June 2013 by the Chair of the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), with the support of the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). 

The Arab American Institute applauds the efforts of the Members of Congress who have been working tirelessly to...

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What Monday’s Supreme Court Decision Means

Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Blog

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a key decision on voting rights. By a 7-2 margin, the Court said that Arizona cannot require new voters to present proof of citizenship before being added to the voting rolls. In its decision, the Court held that the Arizona requirement was “inconsistent with” the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires that states accept and use the federal form. The federal form allows applicants to mail in their registration forms, simply swearing that they are U.S. citizens eligible to vote.

The Arizona requirement was one of a spate of...

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Act Now: Say No to Drone Surveillance in the US

Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Blog

We’ve written a number of times about the lack of transparency around the administration’s drone policy and its constitutional implications. As the administration continues to face scrutiny for its use of drones abroad, state legislators are introducing legislation to combat the use of drone surveillance domestically. More than twenty state, have considered creating laws that would limit or ban the use of unmanned aerial systems, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

AAI, in addition to several civil rights groups, has signed on to a petition calling on the US Bureau of Customs and Border...

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