Policy Analysis

  • U.S. Needs to Call Violence in Myanmar ‘Genocide’

    December 12, 2018
    The House is scheduled to vote soon on H.Res. 1091, a resolution which would send a clear message to the Burmese government regarding their suppression of a free press. The U.S. should go farther than this by labeling the violence perpetrated by the Myanmar government as a genocide against the Rohingya Muslims.

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  • The Muslim Ban: One Year Later

    December 5, 2018
    It has been a year since the Supreme Court allowed the third iteration of the Muslim Ban to take effect. We’re working to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act and demanding congressional oversight over implementation of the ban. We’re more motivated than ever to work with our allies and to make new ones in order to counteract this heinous policy.

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  • Border Clashes Highlight A Dangerous Dynamic

    November 28, 2018
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection fired tear gas at asylum seekers taking shelter in the Mexican city of Tijuana prior to the arrest of ninety-eight Central American migrants by Mexican authorities. The use of tear gas against migrants reflects the way xenophobia and violence against asylum seekers, immigrants, and refugees are normalized.

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  • The Constitutional Crisis is Here

    November 15, 2018
    In the days following the 2018 midterm elections, the administration removed or threatened to remove Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Trump’s various cabinet replacements highlight the administration’s preference for individuals who will put party over position. The choice to prioritize personal loyalty and party ideology over the needs of the country reflects the gradual erosion of norms and institutions within the United States.

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  • 2018 Midterms: Turning Gains into Lasting Victories

    November 8, 2018
    The 116th U.S. Congress, with fresh faces such as Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, offers a greater, and increasingly urgent, opportunity for us to serve our communities’ needs.

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  • Amir Malik and Aziz Ahmad: Midterms Candidates to Watch

    October 31, 2018
    We previously shined a spotlight on political candidates Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Aisha Yaqoob. This week we’re highlighting Minnesota's Amir Malik and Ohio’s Aziz Ahmad, two candidates taking a chance to represent their respective State Houses of Representatives in the coming election.

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  • What Trump’s Counterterrorism Strategy Means for American Muslims

    October 25, 2018
    The Trump administration recently released the 2018 National Strategy for Counterterrorism. The strategy merges the terror threat with the administration’s border security policy, excluding the core tenets of previous U.S. national strategies such as privacy, civil liberties, and human rights.

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  • Voter Suppression Policies are Making a Comeback This Election Cycle

    October 17, 2018
    In certain states, otherwise eligible voters are often routinely disenfranchised. The growth in the number of purged voters has far outpaced that of both the total registered voters and the total voting population. Voter suppression tactics function to reelect candidates whose policies would negatively impact either American Muslim populations or predominantly black communities, many of whom are Muslim.

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  • Khashoggi's Fight Against Pseudo Reform

    October 12, 2018
    On October 2nd, Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, went missing during a trip to the Saudi consulate in Turkey. His disappearance comports with the rise of suppression in the Middle East which threatens dissidents, journalists and human rights activists. We believe that the United State’s role in this crisis is to demand that all governments, especially those of our allies, abide by human rights standards.

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  • Weaponizing Public Assistance Programs

    October 4, 2018
    The public charge designation would allow the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to confirm or deny any immigrant who uses public benefits such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or federal housing assistance from obtaining legal residency in the U.S. If enacted, public charge policy stands to disincentivize immigration from lower-income families in poorer countries while also chilling the use of social services used by immigrant families already in the country.

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