Posted on November 18, 2015
There have been various efforts from politicians to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. 32 governors have announced that they will temporarily, or permanently, reject the settlement of Syrian refugees in their state. Even worse, some presidential candidates are suggesting that for the first time ever we impose a religious test. And even before the attacks in Paris and Beirut, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim groups like the Center for Security Policy have published material making outlandish claims against Syrian refugees, specifically claiming that "migration is jihad." This is the familiar Islamophobia we’ve seen before, but this time lives hang in...Read more
Posted on September 11, 2015Tell Your Member to Support Admitting More Syrian Refugees to U.S. Read more
Posted on August 19, 2015Ask Your Representative to Join the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Lebanon Relations Read more
Posted on August 07, 2015The good news is that most of the candidates discussed issues. The bad news is at least four chose to resort to tired bigotry to appeal to voters. Read more
Posted on July 27, 2015Tell Your Rep. to Support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 Read more
Posted on July 22, 2015Urge Your Representative To Demand Congressional Oversight On Domestic Terrorism Read more
Posted on June 05, 2015
Please join the Arab American Institute in celebrating immigrant heritage by sharing your own "Welcome" story-- it could be about when you arrived in the United States, when your parents made the journey, or the story of a distant relative a few generations ago. We need to hear it.
As Arab Americans, we have always shared these stories with great pride. Now, we need to make them part of this wonderful national conversation in support of comprehensive immigration reform.Read more
Posted on June 05, 2015
The U.S. Congress is close to passing a two-sentence amendment to a Senate trade bill, and a similar one attached to a House customs bill, that will entirely change the U.S.’s policy in regards to Israel and its settlements.
The amendments (offered by Senator Cardin and Representative Roskam) are framed as a righteous slap on the hand of the European countries participating in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS). But in truth, they erase the Green Line completely by conflating the Israel and its illegal settlements. When first considered the amendment was heatedly debated because it will in fact...Read more
Posted on June 01, 2015
This week the Senate will consider “reform” bills that claim to limit the NSA’s authority to conduct indiscriminate surveillance. But the proposed version of the USA Freedom Act does not end the bulk collection of U.S. citizens' data, nor does it offer protections to citizens from warrantless surveillance. The Senate should not pass such weak reforms, which instead of rolling back surveillance authority, validates its continuation. If it were to come up as an emergency measure, the Senate should under no circumstances vote for a short-term reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act. Even a 60...Read more