Posted by Eddie Bejarano on November 16, 2015 in Blog
The heinous terrorist attacks recently perpetrated by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) in Paris resulted in the heart-wrenching loss of over 120 individuals. Yet again, ISIL has demonstrated to the world that it is willing to disregard human life in the name of its warped worldview. Here in the United States, the fallout of this recent attack has been swift and robust. Most notably, some politicians, presidential candidates, and pundits are using the recent attacks to call on the U.S. to close its...Read more
Posted on November 13, 2015 in Countdown
Posted by Nadia Aziz on November 12, 2015 in Blog
Media attention surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis has largely focused on the debate and demand for the United States to increase its admittance numbers of Syrian refugees. With less than 1 percent of the refugees admitted to the U.S. since 2011 being Syrian, it is a worthy discussion.
Despite this being the worst humanitarian disaster of our time, part of the problem in taking in more Syrian refugees has been that a small group of members of Congress have attempted to frame this dire humanitarian crisis as a national security concern. These...Read more
Posted by Nisreen Eadeh on November 04, 2015 in Blog
In June 2003, Attorney General Ashcroft issued the Department of Justice's Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, which said that federal "law enforcement ought not to profile when engaging in their duties." As AAI Executive Director Maya Berry said at the briefing last week, "this makes sense," but there were too many loopholes exempting certain law enforcement from adhering to the guidance. As a result, The Department of Justice, under Attorney General Eric Holder, updated the Guidance in December 2014 to include not only racial profiling, but profiling based on ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation,...Read more
Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on October 30, 2015 in Blog
Posted on October 29, 2015 in Countdown
Posted by Eddie Bejarano on October 28, 2015 in Blog
On the second day of its National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, Michigan, the Arab American Institute brought together three foreign policy experts to discuss an assortment of pertinent foreign policy issues. John Zogby, founder of the “Zogby Poll” and the Zogby Companies, Steve Clemons, Washington editor at-large for the Atlantic, and Stephen Grand, Executive Director of the Middle East Task Force at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, spoke to participants about the Israel-Palestine Conflict, the Syrian Civil War and the current status of U.S. standing in the...Read more
Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees & Immigrants, Anne Richard, Discusses Syrian Refugee Policy at #Yalla2016
Anne C. Richard joined AAI’s National Leadership Conference to deliver a luncheon keynote address regarding the Obama administration’s actions regarding the Syrian humanitarian crisis. Ms. Richard covered both humanitarian aid policies and resettlement efforts in her remarks, which you can watch in full below.
Anne C. Richard was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration on April 2, 2012. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Richard was the vice president of government relations and advocacy for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an international aid agency that helps...Read more
In continuing the discussion on Syrian refugees, AAI hosted a luncheon discussion featuring representatives from the State of Michigan’s government, local Michigan non profit organizations, and national organizations all working to resettle Syrian refugees in Michigan communities.
Executive Director of the Arab American Institute, Maya Berry, began the panel by introducing Lavinia Limon of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Migrants who offered a historical context of refugees coming into the U.S. In the 1980s, the U.S. was welcoming upwards of 370,000 refugees a year so a pledge of 10,000...Read more
The first day of AAI’s National Leadership Conference, #Yalla2016, was devoted to examining U.S. policy on the Syrian refugee crisis and considering ways to push Congress and the Obama administration to do more to help refugees. We were proud to have the whole day of programming co-sponsored by 15 national, international, and Syrian-American organizations, many of whom are leading the difficult work of providing services to refugees on the ground in camps and urban areas. On a panel titled, “The Magnitude of the Crisis” three of our co-sponsoring organizations joined a discussion that painted a clear, desperate picture about...Read more