Policy Analysis

  • 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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  • The times, they are-a changing on American-Israeli policy

    February 9, 2018
    A UN High Commissioner for Human Rights report concluded that: “The violations of human rights associated with the settlements are pervasive and devastating, reaching every facet of Palestinian life.”

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  • The State of a Fragmented Union

    February 1, 2018
    “Tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties — Democrats and Republicans — to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion, and creed.” On Tuesday, President Trump delivered his first State of the Union to a divided nation.

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  • Pitting Poor Children Against DREAMers

    January 26, 2018
    Last week, Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution -- short term federal government funding -- before the January 19 deadline. The government shut down for three days, until Monday when the House and Senate both passed appropriations measures to fund the government for three additional weeks.

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  • Trump Cannot Continue to Hold DREAMers Hostage

    January 9, 2018
    Rather than voting before the winter break on a clean DREAM Act -- bipartisan legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for nearly 800,000 undocumented youth who were brought to the U.S. as children, lawmakers kicked it down the road to 2018.

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  • Trump’s National Security Strategy is No Strategy at All

    December 21, 2017
    On Monday, President Trump released the details of his National Security Strategy (NSS), outlining “America First” priorities that will drive U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Again, he has favored politics over policy.

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  • Resilient Communities Best Defense Against Acts of Violence

    December 14, 2017
    On Monday, a pipe bomb was detonated at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. Fortunately, no one was killed in the attack. Whenever an attack like this happens, the country reflects on what can be done to prevent violence. Are there tangible steps that communities, civil society, and elected officials can take to protect the public?

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