Vote Against H.R.4038/S.2300, the American SAFE Act of 2015

Posted on January 12, 2016

On January 20, 2016, the Senate will vote on H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015. This bill was introduced by House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) as a reaction to the heinous attacks that occurred in Paris, France. While this bill seeks to enhance our national security, in reality, it tastelessly takes advantage of the recent tragedies in Paris, France and San Bernardino, California to strengthen the politics of fear, and seeks to enforce additional security requirements on the U.S. admission of Syrian refugees. The reality is that the U.S. already implements the most...

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Call on RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to Reject Bigotry

Posted on December 08, 2015

The 2016 election cycle has seen an unprecedented amount of hateful rhetoric. In September, the Arab American Institute joined 45 other civil rights and community based advocacy organizations and wrote to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz to express our deep concern regarding the divisive rhetoric used by some presidential candidates seeking America’s highest public office. Citing ugly and dangerous anti-Muslim rhetoric used by some candidates, we called on the national committee chairs to categorically reject this type of bigotry and state on...

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Take Action: Help us say #NoBigotry and yes to Syrian Refugees

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...

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