AAI Dismayed by DHS Failure to Re-designate TPS for Syria

Posted on August 01, 2019 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Tess M. Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210 August 1, 2019

Washington, D.C.- Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will extend, but not re-designate, temporary protected status (TPS) for Syria. The failure to re-designate TPS for Syria abandon’s the moral and legal obligation of the United States to protect recently-arrived Syrians in the United States from being forced to return to life-threatening conditions in Syria.

TPS allows citizens of specified war-torn or disaster-impacted countries to live and work in the U.S. Syria has been designated for the TPS program since...

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AAI CONDEMNS EGREGIOUS BIGOTRY

Posted on July 18, 2019 in Press Releases

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

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July 18, 2019

Washington, D.C.- On Thursday, July 18, 2019, AAI issued the following statement: 

Behind the seal of the President of the United States, Donald Trump incited a gathering of his followers into chants of “send her back” about a sitting member of Congress. The scene targeting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at last night’s event in North Carolina should send chills down the spines of every American of conscience.

This is not about the President of the United States anymore. His racism predates even his birther conspiracies about the country’s first black President,...

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AAI Welcomes House Resolution 496

Posted by Tess Waggoner on July 17, 2019 in Blog

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

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July 17, 2019 

WASHINGTON- Today, AAI welcomes the introduction of H.Res.496, which affirms the First Amendment-protected right of all Americans to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad.

The right to boycott is central to the political expression envisioned by the Founders when the First Amendment was added to the Constitution. Americans have a long and proud history of boycotts, from the Boston Tea Party to opposing apartheid in South Africa, and includes the instrumental Civil Rights Era boycotts...

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Statement by James Zogby on Presidential Bigotry

Posted by Tess Waggoner on July 15, 2019 in Blog

On Monday, July 15, 2019, AAI President James Zogby issued the following statement: 

President Trump's recent two day Twitter tirade targeting four women Members of Congress was nothing more than a frightening racist appeal to what he considers his "base." This is not a racist dog whistle, this is a siren marking the unmistakable intent of this president to make the spread of bigotry and animosity among Americans the centerpiece of his electoral strategy.

On the one hand, we have seen this before: Father Coughlin in the 1930s, George Wallace in the 1960s and 1970s, Pat Buchanan in the...

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AAI Statement on Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Census Citizenship Question

Posted on April 23, 2019 in Press Releases

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April 23, 2019

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

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(202) 429-9210 AAI Statement on Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Census Citizenship Question 

WASHINGTON, DC – Maya Berry, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute, made the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Department of Commerce v. New York, which asks whether a question about citizenship can be added to the 2020 census questionnaire:

“The decennial census is supposed to be a matter of mandated constitutional procedure. It is not supposed to be politicized. Our...

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DENIES PROMINENT PALESTINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE ENTRANCE

Posted on April 11, 2019 in Press Releases

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CONTACT: Tess Waggoner, twaggoner@aaiusa.org, 202-429-9210 TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DENIES PROMINENT PALESTINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE ENTRANCE On Eve of U.S. Speaking Tour, BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti Banned from Entry

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 11, 2019) – On April 10, Omar Barghouti, a prominent Palestinian human rights activist, was denied entry into the United States at Ben Gurion Airport despite having valid travel documents. The Arab American Institute invited him to Washington to participate in a number of speaking engagements and educational programs.  

Barghouti, who is the co-founder of the Palestinian civil society led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS), was scheduled to...

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AAI Testifies at Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Posted on March 29, 2019 in Press Releases

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March 29, 2019

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

(202) 429-9210

AAI Testifies at Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, AAI Policy Analyst Kai Wiggins provided written and oral testimony to the Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in a public briefing seeking to examine hate crimes in the state. 

During his testimony, Wiggins provided a general overview of the national hate crime reporting and data collection system as it currently operates before turning to a specific case study of the historic and currently-operational legal...

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AAI Testifies in Support of Maryland Hate Crime Training Bill

Posted on February 27, 2019 in Press Releases
On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry testified before the Maryland House of Delegates, Judiciary Committee, in support of H.B. 699, which would instruct the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission to require law enforcement training on identifying, reporting, and responding to hate crimes.
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