Discrimination & Immigration

  • Republicans Vote Down Amendment to Protect Families from Muslim Ban July 19, 2017
    Darius Namazi
    WASHINGTON, DC – Congress took its first vote on the Muslim ban yesterday, as an amendment to protect family members from the Muslim ban was voted down by Republican legislators 23-29. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), was offered during a markup of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill ...
  • In First And Only Vote On Trump’s Muslim Ban, Republicans Fail The Test July 19, 2017
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    Tuesday morning, the House of Representatives did the unthinkable: lawmakers actually held a vote on Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. Representative Mark Pocan had the nerve in the Appropriations committee to call for a vote on whether taxpayer dollars should be used to enforce Trump’s Muslim ban against the grandparents and other ...
  • NIAC Applauds Court Ruling in Favor of Grandparents July 14, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shayan Modarres Phone: (202) 780-9590 Email: smodarres@niacouncil.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. District Court’s decision to include grandparents, uncles and aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews, and siblings-in-law as close familial relationships: “We ...
  • Congress Reacts to Trump’s “Grandma ban” July 13, 2017
    Arvand MirsafianIda Adibi
    Washington, D.C. – Numerous congressional Democrats have condemned the Trump administration’s latest iteration of the “Muslim ban” that bars grandparents and extended family members from Iran and other banned countries from entering the United States. However, despite opposition, legislation to rescind the ban remains blocked by Republican leadership. During a Homeland ...
  • Despite Legal Blows, Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Alive And Well July 11, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    There is an old legal adage that says, “If the law is on your side, argue the law. If the facts are on your side, argue the facts. If neither is on your side, pound the table and create a diversion.” When it comes to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, neither ...
  • NIAC Statement on Court’s Failure to Intervene on Grandparent Ban July 7, 2017
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    This is an outrageous and inhumane interpretation by the Trump administration, and we hope common sense will ultimately prevail despite the district court’s decision last night.
  • FAQ: Trump’s Muslim Ban Following the Supreme Court Decision and Directive June 29, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    The Supreme Court lifted the freeze on some key provisions of the Muslim ban executive order. Afterward, the Trump administration issued a directive with further limitations on Iranians. This could affect you or your loved ones. Please see the following Fact Sheet for key information about the Supreme Court’s ruling ...
  • Iranian grandparents are now banned from the U.S. June 29, 2017
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    I was nine years old when I finally met my grandparents. After years of only seeing them in old photos and hearing about them in my dad’s stories about growing up in Tehran, they finally were able to make the trip to America and meet their grandchildren for the first ...
  • Banning grandparents from visiting their American grandkids does not make America safer June 29, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    “President Trump’s pathological pursuit of the Muslim Ban has reached a new low by targeting grandparents of American children. “The Supreme Court ordered that Trump’s travel ban could go forward – but could not apply to people who have a ‘bona fide relationship’ with an American. In response, the Trump administration ...
  • It’s Up To Congress Now To Stop Trump’s Muslim Ban June 27, 2017
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    With the Supreme Court giving Donald Trump a yellow light for his Muslim ban, while indicating that it is inclined to give it a full green light later this fall, one thing has become clear: Relying solely on the legal approach to halt Trump’s ban is a bad strategy. To ...
  • NIAC Statement on Supreme Court Lifting Injunctions on Muslim Ban June 26, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    Today’s Supreme Court decision immediately places the status of many Americans’ families into question again.
  • Fact Sheet: The Supreme Court Lifts Freeze on Trump’s Muslim Ban June 26, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Moments ago, the Supreme Court lifted the freeze on some key provisions of the Muslim ban executive order. This could affect you or your loved ones. Please see the following Fact Sheet for key information about the Supreme Court’s ruling.
  • NIAC Statement on the Torching of Nabra Hassanen’s Memorial June 21, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    “Regardless of whether Nabra’s murder was the result of a hate crime or a heinous act of senseless violence, the reaction to her passing has exposed the depth of Islamophobia in America among an insidious few, and a loud rejection of hate by the majority.”
  • NIAC Statement on Trump Amending the Muslim Ban June 14, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    Washington, D.C. – Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement in response to President Trump amending his March 6 Executive Order which seeks to impose a Muslim ban:
  • NIAC Statement on Ninth Circuit Ruling Against Muslim Ban June 12, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement in response to the Ninth Circuit’s ruling to uphold injunctions on President Trump’s Muslim Ban executive order: “In a step towards defeating the discriminatory Muslim Ban, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against President Donald ...