AAI’s National Policy Council Talks “Peace Plan,” U.S. Embassy Relocation to Jerusalem

Posted by Guest on March 28, 2018 in Blog

By Laura Neumayer

Since taking office, President Trump has shaken things up in the U.S. approach to foreign policy and relations in the Middle East, especially where Israel and Palestine are concerned. With the decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and “recognize” the city as Israel’s capital, tensions have escalated between Israel and the Palestinians. Adding to the cocktail of precarious policy efforts in the region, the President’s “ultimate deal” plan for peace in the region has faced major pushback and has been dismissed by Palestinian leaders.

In light of these escalating tensions...

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AAI’s National Policy Council Briefed on DACA, Immigration Issues

Posted by Guest on March 09, 2018 in Blog

By Mollie Todd

It has been more than six months since President Donald Trump announced that the DACA program would end on March 5. Although he promised to sign a bipartisan DACA solution, when one was offered he rejected it. To protect the rights of DACA recipients, California, Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota sued. Two federal courts agreed with the states and issued nationwide injunctions blocking the termination of DACA. Despite this an average of about 1,100 DACA permits have expired each day since March 5.

Given the significant issues tied to DACA, AAI invited Philip Wolgin, Managing...

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AAI’s National Policy Council Briefed on Voter Suppression Efforts

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 30, 2018 in Blog

By Mollie Todd

For AAI’s monthly National Policy Council meeting, Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, was invited to speak on voter suppression efforts. Ho discussed the various voter purge cases including the Ohio case which is headed to the Supreme Court and updated the group on the disbandment of President Trump’s “Voter Fraud Commission.” The meeting also included a brief discussion of the Census Bureau’s decision not to implement a Middle East and North Africa category on the 2020 Census.

NPC members raised questions about the issues Ho discussed, as well as concerns about...

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AAI's National Policy Council Briefed on Hate Crimes

Posted by Joan Hanna on March 28, 2017 in Blog

Hate crimes have tragically been on the rise over the past few years. In particular, there has been a surge in hate crimes against Arab Americans and American Muslims. During our monthly National Policy Council (NPC) call, two Department of Justice representatives: acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Tom Wheeler, and Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination for the Civil Rights Division, Eric Treene, joined community leaders to hear concerns and answer questions. Both Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Treene emphasized their commitment to prosecuting hate crimes while...

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AAI’s National Policy Council Briefed on NSEERS & Immigration Policies Under a President Trump

Posted by Arab American Institute on December 15, 2016 in Blog

AAI’s National Policy Council was recently joined by Greg Chen, Director of Advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), to strategize around President-elect Trump’s immigration proposals that many Arab Americans are concerned about. From reinstating NSEERS to deporting undocumented immigrants and talk of a “Muslim ban”, Arab Americans share concerns and fears with many other immigrant communities. Amidst uncertainty about how the proposals Donald Trump made as a candidate will be manifested once he takes office, there is important work to be done...

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Making a Difference: AAI's National Policy Council

Posted by Jennifer Salan on December 13, 2016 in Blog

As we approach 2017, the Arab American community is facing a range of policy challenges both foreign and domestic. One of the ways you can help us have an impact and make a difference is by recommending candidates for AAI’s National Policy Council (NPC).  

NPC members participate in monthly calls with policy experts and AAI leadership around issues facing our community. These monthly briefings help make sure local leaders get the vital information they need on complex and quickly changing policies. For Washington experts and AAI leaders, these exchanges provide much-needed...

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