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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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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AAI Responds to Presidential Concessions Regarding 2020 Census

Posted on July 11, 2019 in Press Releases

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 

July 11, 2019

Following the conclusion of a press conference in which President Trump announced the issuance of a new executive order, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement, 

"President Trump's latest executive order is acknowledgement of his failed extralegal efforts to politicize the decennial census. With that, democracy won. He and his administration have failed and despite their best efforts, we will be counted. Arab Americans are a community that understands the threat posed by the misuse of data in violation of our rights, we will work to...

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Phishing, Spoofing, and the 2020 Census

Posted by Guest on July 09, 2019 in Blog

Last time in our series on disinformation and interference in the 2020 census, we discussed disinformation and several varieties of inaccurate information that may appear (or reappear) in 2020. However, as we said in our second post in our series, the Census Bureau is anticipating multiple kinds of interference with the census, including phishing, which can be considered a form of disinformation.

Phishing is when an attacker pretends to be a known entity to trick targets into voluntarily giving up sensitive data....

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Misinformation and the Census

Posted by Guest on July 03, 2019 in Blog

In a previous blog post, we discussed several forms of malicious interference that could affect the 2020 census. The 2020 census is a massive undertaking that will directly impact representation in Congress and the distribution of over 800 billion in federal funds per year, affecting Medicaid, school, and children’s health care funding under CHIP (the State Children’s Health Insurance Program). It has a straightforward goal – count every person living in the United States – but completing this is a complex endeavor that is slated to cost approximately $15.6 billion.

The complexity of the task...

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