Yalla, 2020!

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 16, 2020 in Blog

AAI Joins Coalition Letter on Legislative Response to White Supremacist Violence

Posted by Kai Wiggins on September 04, 2019 in Blog

In responding to the scourge of white supremacist violence, Congress should not harm the very communities it's trying to protect. 

On September 4, 2019, the Arab American Institute joined the ACLU, Brennan Center for Justice, Color of Change, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Muslim Advocates, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and Southern Poverty Law Center in a letter to relevant House and Senate committees on the appropriate legislative response to white supremacist violence. 

The letter urges members of Congress to prioritize oversight and data collection over misguided proposals that would jeopardize the civil rights and civil liberties...

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Tell Congress to Support the Jabara Heyer NO HATE Act

Posted on August 09, 2019 in Action Alerts

We need better hate crime data and we need it now.

Under the Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1990, the federal government collects data on hate crimes reported by law enforcement agencies across the country. Each year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) publishes the data in an annual report.

According to the most recent edition of the FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics report, which was published in November 2018 and based on 2017 data, law enforcement agencies reported 7,175 hate crime incidents. This marked a 17 percent...

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AAI Statement on Tragic Death of Jimmy Aldaoud

Posted on August 08, 2019 in Press Releases

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner (202) 429-9210 twaggoner@aaiusa.org

August 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Yesterday, the Arab American Institute was horrified to learn about the death of Jimmy Aldaoud, an Arab American who was deported to Iraq, despite having never lived in the country. Having several chronic medical conditions, but unable to speak Arabic and having no family in the country, Jimmy died homeless on the streets of Baghdad. 

Jimmy did not have to die. He was likely deported pursuant to Executive Order 13768 which, among other things, attempts to strong arm countries to...

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AAI Mourns Hate-fueled Violence

Posted on August 05, 2019 in Press Releases

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 

August 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks the seven-year anniversary of the white supremacist mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which killed six people and wounded others. We mark this devastating anniversary in the midst of a new tragedy, as the nation reels from back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, which killed 29 people and injured many. The El Paso shooting, which left 20 dead and dozens wounded, appears to also be motivated by white supremacy, as the shooter allegedly published a manifesto decrying the

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AAI Dismayed by DHS Failure to Re-designate TPS for Syria

Posted on August 01, 2019 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Tess M. Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 August 1, 2019

Washington, D.C.- Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will extend, but not re-designate, temporary protected status (TPS) for Syria. The failure to re-designate TPS for Syria abandon’s the moral and legal obligation of the United States to protect recently-arrived Syrians in the United States from being forced to return to life-threatening conditions in Syria.

TPS allows citizens of specified war-torn or disaster-impacted countries to live and work in the U.S. Syria has been designated for the TPS program since...

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TAKE ACTION: Support the NO BAN Act!

Posted on August 01, 2019 in Action Alerts

The National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act (“NO BAN Act”) is a historic civil rights bill that would essentially end the Muslim, Refugee and Asylum Bans and prevent discrimination based on faith or national origin in immigration. 

Since this discriminatory policy was announced just over two years ago, the consequences of these Bans have been devastating: families torn apart; children unable to see their parents, to visit their grandparents, people forced to miss the births, deaths, graduations, weddings and funerals of loved ones.

The NO BAN Act will end this discriminatory policy and amend the Immigration...

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Extend and Re-Designate TPS for Syria

Posted on July 30, 2019 in Action Alerts

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s temporary protected status (TPS) allows citizens of specified war-torn or disaster-impacted countries to live and work in the U.S. Removing a country from the list requires nationals present in the U.S. to either find another visa program or return to their home country.

Syria has been designated for the TPS program since 2012 due to ongoing armed conflict in that country, and at present there are 7,000 Syrians living in the U.S. under TPS.

By August 1, DHS and the State Department must decide whether conditions in Syria require the U.S. to extend protection for current Syrian TPS holders and whether to allow more Syrians already in the U.S. to also apply for protection.

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AAI CONDEMNS EGREGIOUS BIGOTRY

Posted on July 18, 2019 in Press Releases

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 

July 18, 2019

Washington, D.C.- On Thursday, July 18, 2019, AAI issued the following statement: 

Behind the seal of the President of the United States, Donald Trump incited a gathering of his followers into chants of “send her back” about a sitting member of Congress. The scene targeting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at last night’s event in North Carolina should send chills down the spines of every American of conscience.

This is not about the President of the United States anymore. His racism predates even his birther conspiracies about the country’s first black President,...

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James Zogby Condemns President's Remarks

Posted on July 15, 2019 in Press Releases

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 

July 15, 2019

Washington, D.C.- On Monday, July 15, 2019, AAI President James Zogby issued the following statement: 

President Trump's recent two day Twitter tirade targeting four women Members of Congress was nothing more than a frightening racist appeal to what he considers his "base." This is not a racist dog whistle, this is a siren marking the unmistakable intent of this president to make the spread of bigotry and animosity among Americans the centerpiece of his electoral strategy.

On the one hand, we have seen this before:...

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