Policy Analysis

  • 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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  • Trump Continues Turning His Back on Refugees

    September 26, 2018
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently lowered the number of refugees the United States will be accepting from a historically low 45,000 refugee admissions ceiling to only 30,000 refugees. This drastic reduction will have far-reaching consequences, potentially forcing refugees and migrants back home to the lives of disenfranchisement, displacement and territorial destruction they were trying to escape.

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  • Judge Dhanidina Is Raising the Bar in California

    September 19, 2018
    Judge Halim Dhanidina was recently confirmed as a justice to the California Court of Appeal for the Second District, becoming the first Muslim and South Asian-American justice in the history of the California Court of Appeals. In centering his faith as a catalytic force behind his professional success while also keeping his faith separate from his judicial decisions, Dhanidina disrupts the stereotypical image of what a Muslim looks like to the general American public.

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  •  Reflecting on September 11, 2001 Seventeen Years Later

    September 11, 2018
    On the 17th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, MPAC honors the nearly 3,000 individuals who lost their lives in the attacks, as well as those first responders who risked their well-being and, in many cases, their lives in order to mitigate the damage. As an o

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  • Trump’s latest attack on Israeli-Palestinian “peace process”

    September 10, 2018
    In a move that further ensures the U.S. has lost its reputation as an honest and fair broker to the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process,” the Trump administration announced it is closing the D.C. office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

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  • Defunding UNRWA Highlights Trump’s Anti-Palestine Agenda

    September 4, 2018
    The Trump Administration has cut all funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). The agency provides food access, education, health clinics, employment, and housing services for Palestinians across the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Defunding UNRWA is part of a larger plan by the administration to reduce the number of Palestinians recognized as refugees.

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  • Ilhan Omar Makes Her Way to Congress

    August 23, 2018
    With 10 years of policy experience, Ilhan Omar has already proved she is a political powerhouse. As the first Somali-American elected to the Minnesota State House, she has demonstrated she is a pioneer for refugees and Somali-Americans alike. Having won the primary for the 5th congressional district on a comprehensive progressive platform, she is now on track to become one of the first Muslim women and the first refugee in Congress.

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  • China’s “Re-Education” Camps: An Affront to Religious Freedom

    August 16, 2018
    In the northwestern Xinjiang province of China, as many as one million Muslim Uyghur minorities are being held in “re-education camps.” The Uyghur minority in China was previously targeted by the Chinese government, but the situation worsened under the government’s new campaign to “crack down on terror.” To date, an estimated 40 percent of the Uyghur population has disappeared.

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