Andre Sayegh: Paterson’s New City Council President

Posted by on August 05, 2013 in Blog

By Matt Haugen Summer 2013 Intern

Arab Americans continue to take up the mantle of public office, seeking further opportunities to engage politically within their communities. From Ralph Nader, to current congressmen such as Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Justin Amash (R-MI), Arab Americans are no strangers to the national political stage, and that level of engagement and prominence is reflected on local and statewide levels as well. Fueled, in many cases, by strong Arab American constituencies, these political hopefuls are storming into office on all levels. Zead Ramadan, a community leader and small business owner...

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AAI Statement Opposing Immigration Enforcement Bill H.R. 2278, The SAFE Act

Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Blog

The SAFE Act, passed in the Judiciary Committee yesterday, is a misguided bill with a single-minded focus on immigration enforcement that will increase detentions and deportations and will create an environment of rampant racial profiling without addressing the fundamental flaws of our broken immigration system.

The bill was introduced in June 2013 by the Chair of the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), with the support of the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). 

The Arab American Institute applauds the efforts of the Members of Congress who have been working tirelessly to...

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AAI Statement Opposing Immigration Enforcement Bill H.R. 2278, The SAFE Act

Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Blog

The SAFE Act, passed in the Judiciary Committee yesterday, is a misguided bill with a single-minded focus on immigration enforcement that will increase detentions and deportations and will create an environment of rampant racial profiling without addressing the fundamental flaws of our broken immigration system.

The bill was introduced in June 2013 by the Chair of the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), with the support of the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). 

The Arab American Institute applauds the efforts of the Members of Congress who have been working tirelessly to...

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What Monday’s Supreme Court Decision Means

Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Blog

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a key decision on voting rights. By a 7-2 margin, the Court said that Arizona cannot require new voters to present proof of citizenship before being added to the voting rolls. In its decision, the Court held that the Arizona requirement was “inconsistent with” the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires that states accept and use the federal form. The federal form allows applicants to mail in their registration forms, simply swearing that they are U.S. citizens eligible to vote.

The Arizona requirement was one of a spate of...

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Beyond Chiesa: What’s Next for New Jersey

Posted by on June 10, 2013 in Blog

By: Matt Haugen

Summer 2013 Intern

Last Thursday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa to the Senate seat formerly held by Frank Lautenberg, who died last week. Chiesa (pictured left), who was a surprise pick to fill the seat, will remain in the Senate for only four months and will not seek re-election during the special election in October. Chiesa is poised to bring very different ideas to Lautenberg’s seat.

So far, Chiesa has sent mixed signals to the New Jersey Arab American community, especially concerning his

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Sen. Lautenberg Remembered as Friend of the Community

Posted by on June 05, 2013 in Blog

By: Matt Haugen

Summer 2013 Intern

When New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg passed away on Monday, the national media lauded his legislative achievements, from banning smoking on airlines to raising the drinking age. However, what the octogenarian will be remembered for most in his hometown of Paterson may be the ties and openness he kept with the community he was raised in. While Lautenberg’s comments regarding the Dubai Ports World controversy are infamous, his legacy Arab Americans is a much deeper one.

New Jersey Democratic Party member Samer Khalaf recalls Senator Lautenberg as a friend of the...

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No Waiver For Israel

Posted on May 21, 2013 in Countdown
Our effort to oppose rewarding Israel with Visa Waivers is gaining traction in the media, with more reports about Israel’s long history of discriminating against Arab Americans and American Muslims at its borders. Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a piece about opposition to Senator Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) Visa Waiver Bill, S. 462—significant, given that the paper is one of the largest in Boxer’s own state.
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Sherine El Abd Elected Superintendent of Elections in Passaic County

Posted by on April 29, 2013 in Blog

By Jade Zoghbi

Spring 2013 Intern

Sherine El-Abd was recently elected as Superintendent of Elections in Passaic County, New Jersey. With this achievement, she is an embodiment of aspiration and success for all—particularly for women in public service and for Arab American and American Muslim women across the political spectrum. She represents a space where Americans of all racial and ethnic backgrounds can play an active role in the voting process to support a clean, transparent and reliable voting outcome.

El-Abd is an Egyptian-born American citizen and immigrated to the United States in 1965. A Texas A&M...

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Countdown to Gibran

Posted on April 09, 2013 in Countdown

From Cairo to New York: More of the Same

Posted on April 02, 2013 in Countdown

More of the Same from the NYPD

Within days of his appointment, the new Chief of New York’s Police Department (NYPD), Philip Banks III, came out in defense of the department’s controversial Stop-and-Frisk program. Stop-and-Frisk gives officers the authority to search people they believe may be committing a crime. It has also been revealed that the NYPD keeps a record of those it stopped, regardless of innocence. Banks, who is third in line behind Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and First Deputy Commissioner Rafael Pineiro, called Stop-and-Frisk...

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