Discrimination & Immigration

  • BREAKING: IAAB v. Trump Team Praises Ruling Blocking Muslim Ban 3.0 October 18, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    According to Shayan Modarres, legal counsel for the National Iranian American Council: “We applaud the court’s decision in blocking this unconstitutional third attempt at a Muslim Ban.  This latest travel ban is little more than a dangerous effort to target Iranians and Muslims, unjustified by any credible national security concerns. The ...
  • Muslim Ban 3 Blocked! Help Us Keep Winning October 18, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    A Maryland Judge granted our Motion for Preliminary Injunction blocking Muslim Ban 3.0 from going into effect for the duration of our lawsuit!
  • We Just Fully Blocked Muslim Ban 3.0! October 18, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    Demonstrators spell out "# No Muslim Ban" during the "Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders" to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Brian SnyderEnforcement of Muslim Ban 3.0 will remain blocked for the duration of the lawsuit filed by NIAC, Muslim Advocates, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Covington Burling LLP, on behalf of Iranian Alliances Across Borders and individual plaintiffs.
  • The Geopolitics of Kurdish Independence October 4, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    One week since the Kurdish independence vote, regional stakeholders need a more innovative policy toward the question of Kurdish independence in Iraq to prevent this powder keg from exploding
  • We’re Already Taking Trump To Court Over Muslim Ban 3.0 October 3, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    It has taken the Trump administration three takes to figure out how to legally implement a Muslim ban – because they still have not figured out it is unconstitutional to implement a Muslim ban.
  • NIAC and Partners File First Lawsuit Against Muslim Ban 3.0 October 2, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    NIAC and our partners just filed the first lawsuit challenging Muslim Ban 3.0.
  • Statement on Lawsuit Against Muslim Ban 3.0 October 2, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    NIAC and our partners just filed the first lawsuit challenging Muslim Ban 3.0.
  • What you need to know about Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0 September 25, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    The Question & Answers page is designed to answer all your questions in regards to Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0. If there are questions that are not listed here, please contact NIAC’s Legal Counsel Shayan Modarres at smodarres@niacouncil.org. Please note that this page will be continuously updated as the situation evolves.
  • New Muslim Ban Imminent September 22, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    The Trump administration’s Muslim ban could be replaced with a new ban as early as today.
  • NIAC Condemns Trump’s Immoral DACA Decision September 5, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    NIAC condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the Trump administration decision to terminate the DACA program today – a program with bipartisan support that has been wildly successful in every meaningful and measurable way. 
  • NIAC Statement on Apple’s Decision to Restrict Iranian-Made Apps August 25, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    Apple’s decision to restrict mobile apps made by Iranian developers may be an overly cautious approach to U.S. sanctions compliance that undermines U.S. interests by limiting the Iranian people’s access to technologies used for personal communication.
  • Iranian American Organizations Condemn Violence and Bigotry Displayed by Hate Groups in Charlottesville, Virginia August 16, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    As organizations representing the Iranian-American community, we stand united in condemning – in the strongest possible terms – the violence and bigotry displayed by hate groups in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and Saturday.
  • NIAC Condemns Nazi Violence in Charlottesville and Trump’s Tolerance of White Supremacists August 13, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    The ‘Unite the Right’ neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia is both a national tragedy and a wake-up call to all who believe in a pluralistic, tolerant, and hate-free society.
  • Iranian-American Community Advisory: Know Your Rights at the Airport and the Border July 24, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Given the recent “Muslim Travel Ban” executive orders, many Iranians are concerned about their right to enter the United States (U.S.) and interacting with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which polices the border. This advisory provides some general guidance.
  • 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 ...