Posted on June 02, 2015 in Arab American Institute
Posted on June 01, 2015 in Action Alerts
This week the Senate will consider “reform” bills that claim to limit the NSA’s authority to conduct indiscriminate surveillance. But the proposed version of the USA Freedom Act does not end the bulk collection of U.S. citizens' data, nor does it offer protections to citizens from warrantless surveillance. The Senate should not pass such weak reforms, which instead of rolling back surveillance authority, validates its continuation. If it were to come up as an emergency measure, the Senate should under no circumstances vote for a short-term reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act. Even a 60...Read more
Posted on May 30, 2015 in Washington Watch
Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on May 28, 2015 in Blog
The U.S. Congress is close to passing a two-sentence amendment to a Senate trade bill, and a similar one attached to a House customs bill, that will entirely change the U.S.’s policy in regards to Israel and its settlements.Read more
Background Moving into its 8th tragic year, the conflict in Syria continues to take a heavy toll on the Syrian people. It is impossible to get an accurate count of the casualties of the Syria war, but some estimates put the death toll at over half a million people. An estimated 5.4 million people have fled Syria, and more than six million have been displaced inside the country. While the Assad regime and its allies...Read more
Posted on May 16, 2015 in Domestic Policy
President Obama’s 2015 speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the bloody march in Selma, Alabama reignited a long fought battle to protect the right to vote for all citizens. As the President noted, voter ID laws and the 2013 Supreme Court ruling on Shelby County v. Holder have seriously impeded and infringed on that essential right. The VRA was passed to outlaw discriminatory voting practices that had disenfranchised racial and ethnic minorities in the United States for decades.
The instability and violence that Iraq faced as a result of the 2003 U.S. war has been alarmingly exacerbated by the territorial gains and violence of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIL’s military successes, coupled with the growing sectarian divisions within Iraqi society have eroded any progress in governance and civil society. The Arab American Institute continues to support U.S. policies that call for the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq and a stable government based on tolerance, transparency, and respect for democratic...Read more
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) authorizes the Attorney General and Secretary of State to allow temporary visitors from certain countries to come to the United States without nonimmigrant visas. Central to the Visa Waiver Program is a provision that guarantees reciprocal travel privileges for American citizens seeking to visit that country.
Currently, there is both a congressional and joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of State efforts to admit Israel into the Visa Waiver Program. In particular, three of the bills exemption language that exempts Israel from the waiver requirement by lessening the reciprocity requirement for Israel to be...Read more