Policy Analysis

  • Rule changes threaten immigrant families

    May 23, 2019
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have proposed two rule changes that target immigrant communities - Public Charge and Verification of Eligible Status. These rule changes are the administration’s latest attempts to coerce immigrants into either leaving the United States or never coming in the first place.

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  • Congress Refuses to Recognize White Supremacist Threat

    May 10, 2019
    With the rise in terror attacks perpetrated by white supremacists, civil society, tech, and federal agencies are seeking to better understand the threat. May 8th’s House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the rise of domestic terrorism made it clear that falling back on old strategies will not resolve this imminent danger. The white supremacist threat must be defined by those in positions of power.

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  • Another Round of Divisive Tactics

    April 19, 2019
    The most recent attacks on Ilhan Omar play on the rising trend of anti-Muslim bigotry and hatred. Trump and the GOP are playing on these existing divides to galvanize their base and weaken their opposition.

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  • Congressional Hearing on White Nationalism

    April 8, 2019
    The attack in Christchurch, New Zealand did not happen in a vacuum. It was part of an overall increase in white nationalist violence that’s been legitimized through public officials’ extreme rhetoric in government, and effectively allowed to wreak havoc in society. On April 9, 2019, Congress will be holding a hearing on Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism.

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  • Two Rulings Strengthen Perception of Anti-Muslim Bias in Supreme Court

    April 4, 2019
    Following last June’s Supreme Court decision in favor of the Muslim Ban, recent inconsistencies in rulings for religious accommodations for death-row inmates Domineque Ray, a Black Muslim, and Patrick Murphy, a white Buddhist, present a double standard, and strengthen the perception of an anti-Muslim bias. Our highest court should not favor one group over another. We can do better.

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  • Watchlist perpetuates injustice

    March 7, 2019
    Last month, the FBI admitted to sharing their terror watchlist with over 1,400 private groups “in some way connected with the criminal justice system.” The revelation earned the scrutiny of many civil society organizations and sketches out a broader counterterror security apparatus than previously understood.

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  • Rep. Ilhan Omar Sparks National Conversation

    February 14, 2019
    This past week, America turned its focus to freshman member of Congress Ilhan Omar for calling out the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC’s) pressure tactics on Capitol Hill. The capacity of lobbying groups like AIPAC and the NRA to wield significant influence over politicians needs to be addressed. We need a consistent measure for justice.

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  • Three Takeaways From Last Night’s State of the Union

    February 6, 2019
    President Trump’s SOTU address fell flat in its divergence from actual policy and relied heavily on scapegoating and fear tactics. Here are three ways our nation can deliver on its great promise to its citizens.

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  • Presidential Candidate Spotlight: Tulsi Gabbard

    January 16, 2019
    Leading up to the 2020 Presidential election, we’re shining a spotlight on various presidential candidates. This week we are exploring the potential candidacy of Tulsi Gabbard, the first Samoan-American and Hindu Congresswoman from Hawaii. She stands as a paradox in the current Democratic party. Gabbard encouraged former President Obama to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” defended Syrian President Assad, and garnered support from Steve Bannon and David Duke. She will have to answer for her record on these issues and others to help voters determine how well she can represent the interests of all Americans.

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  • First Senate Bill of the New Congress is Unconstitutional

    January 9, 2019
    Senators Rubio, McConnell, Risch, and Gardner recently introduced the year’s first Senate bill (S.1), the “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019.” Included in S.1 is the “Combating BDS Act of 2019” which allows the U.S. government to take punitive measures against individuals found to be engaging in BDS activities. Though two federal courts deemed similar anti-BDS bills unconstitutional, such legislation enjoys bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

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