Policy Analysis

  • From Bans to Terrified Children: We Share the Same Fight

    June 20, 2018
    Tearing families apart has been one of Donald Trump's favorite pastimes since well before he became President. On the campaign trail, he whipped crowds into a frenzy by promising to enact a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the country while in the very next breath calling for a wall and accusing families seeking asylum at our southern border of bringing drugs, crime, and rape.

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  • Representing the Majority-Minority

    June 14, 2018
    Rashida Tlaib has dedicated her life to defending underrepresented groups through advocacy, law, and policy. She's a pioneer as the first Muslim woman in Michigan’s House of Representatives. Now she might also be the first Muslim woman in Congress.

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  • The New Normal of School Shootings Demands Collective Action

    May 24, 2018
    Last Friday, our nation reeled from yet another horrific school massacre that claimed ten lives in Santa Fe, Texas. For Muslims, this shooting had a particular resonance given that one of the victims, 17-year old Sabika Sheikh, was a Pakistani Muslim exchange student who wanted to unite cultures through education.

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  • Embassy Move Threatens Religious Freedom, Lasting Peace

    May 18, 2018
    President Trump has consistently stated that resolving the conflict is a top priority for his administration while ignoring continued warnings that moving the US embassy would dramatically undermine that goal. Indeed, when the White House first announced the move in December, Palestinian leaders considered the announcement a betrayal of trust and good faith. They have refused to participate in the peace process since.

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  • While the Supreme Court Deliberates, the Digital Muslim Ban Is Moving Forward

    May 10, 2018
    Imagine if tweeting about foreign policy got you banned from entering the country. That reality isn't so far off with a new initiative quietly moving forward under the Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE is already implementing a new "extreme digital vetting" program that will also have intense consequences for our communities.

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  • When Our Democracy Is at Risk, It’s Time to Roll Up Our Sleeves

    May 3, 2018
    Last week, the White House's top lawyer referred to Islam as "one of the greatest countries in the world" in our nation's highest court. The blunder, which capped off a morning of high stakes oral arguments over the Muslim ban, served as both a telling Freudian slip and the perfect encapsulation of just how far our government's credibility and competence have plummeted. When we can no longer trust our most sacred institutions to maintain even the most basic standards of truth and fidelity, our democracy as we know it falls under attack, and marginalized communities are the first to suffer.

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  • Why Facebook's Future Matters for Muslims

    April 12, 2018
    As Facebook thinks deeply about its future and the responsibility it has to its 2 billion users (both real and fake), we hope its leadership will follow through on their own words and work with us to create a better platform for all.

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  • Citizenship Question Weaponizes the Census

    April 6, 2018
    Since our nation’s founding, the constitutional mandate for the US Census has been clear: all people living on our nation’s soil must be accurately counted and represented. That simple fact hasn’t stopped the decennial survey from being co-opted throughout history for nefarious, bigoted, and xenophobic reasons.

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  • Pompeo & Haspel Shouldn’t Be Confirmed

    March 22, 2018
    President Trump's administration continued its hemorrhage of senior officials with the abrupt firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Whereas Tillerson often served as a moderate if impotent voice, seeking to help "evolve" Trump's views on Islam and a variety of other topics, his unceremonious ousting has set in motion a domino effect of far more xenophobic factions consolidating their influence within the White House.

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  • The Lives of the Rohingya Rest in Mitch McConnell's Hands

    March 12, 2018
    In February, the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with wide bipartisan support. Multiple Senate offices and outside stakeholders received assurances from Majority Leader McConnell that it would be hotlined and expedited for a floor vote. Last week, however, McConnell abruptly changed his mind and stopped the bill in its tracks, without registering his opposition on the record.

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