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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AAI Celebrates Omission of Citizenship Question on Decennial Census

Posted on July 03, 2019 in Press Releases

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

(202) 429-9210

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

July 3, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Following news reports that the Department of Commerce has initiated the printing of 2020 Census forms without the citizenship question, which was the subject of a decision by the Supreme Court last week, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement: 

"This news marks a major victory for all advocates for a fair and accurate Census count and for our democracy. We are grateful for the oversight and accountability mechanisms our nation's systems afford us, which will permit us all to move forward with...

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SCOTUS Decision on 2020 Census Case

Posted by Suher Adi on June 27, 2019 in Blog

The case decided this morning, Department of Commerce v. New York, required the Court to consider whether the Trump Administration violated the Constitution or federal administrative law in adding a citizenship question. In the case, the Trump Administration furthered various reasons for adding a citizenship question to the census, but the Supreme Court, like the lower federal courts, found these reasons to be merely pretextual. For these reasons, the Arab American Institute (AAI) filed an amicus brief in this case which argued that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census was a radical...

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Gamble v. United States: Dual Sovereignty and Hate Crime

Posted by Guest on June 21, 2019 in Blog

On Tuesday, June 17, 2019, the Supreme Court released its decision in Gamble v. United States, which involved a challenge to the “separate sovereigns” doctrine. According to Fifth Amendment’s double jeopardy clause, people who are accused of a crime cannot be tried twice for the same crime. However, the Supreme Court has historically granted one exception. Under what is known as the separate sovereigns doctrine, the court has allowed separate prosecutions for the same conduct in state and federal courts. The court upheld that 170-year precedent in its most recent decision.  

The double jeopardy clause states that no person shall be “subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy.” The...

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Chicken and BDS in Texas

Posted by Ryan Suto on June 12, 2019 in Blog

Last month, Texas passed a new anti-boycott law after the 2017 version was blocked from enforcement in federal court for its unconstitutional provisions. The Arab American Institute has seen this before: in March, we testified against a revamped anti-boycott bill in Arizona after a federal court blocked the original 2016 law. Texas’s new law looks striking similar to Arizona’s new law, which still violates protected political expression.

In fact, the Center for Public Integrity recently found, as part of their

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How two Supreme Court cases may undermine a cornerstone of American democracy

Posted by Ryan Suto on May 30, 2019 in Blog
The Supreme Court is about to decide on two issues central to American democracy: how we count people living in the United States and how we divide those people into districts for representation. Recently released documents reveal just how connected these cases are.
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Laying the Groundwork for an Iraq Travel Ban

Posted by Ryan Suto on May 10, 2019 in Blog

While Iraq was quickly removed from the Muslim Ban in 2017, the Trump administration has found a new way to place a de facto travel ban on the country. In an effort to force the country to accept deported Iraqis, some of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades, the administration has quietly enacted a new immigration rule that could have major ramifications for Iraqis who wish to visit family, study, or do business in the U.S.

Over the past thirty years, various waves of Iraqis have left home in large numbers in the wake of the Iran-Iraq War in the...

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AAI Participates in Congressional Briefing on Hate Crimes and Rise of White Nationalism

Posted by Kai Wiggins on April 26, 2019 in Blog

On Thursday, April 25, 2019, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry participated in a policy briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The briefing was organized as a follow-up, of sorts, to this month's House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism." As we noted in a statement submitted to the committee, two witnesses in particular derailed the initial hearing, casting aspersions, denigrating whole communities, and obfuscating the issues. Knowing that many members of Congress are committed to preventing hate crime, this briefing was convened to...

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