Discrimination & Immigration

  • Important Update on Green Card Legislation February 7, 2019
    A new version of the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 (H.R. 1044 — previously known as H.R. 392) has been introduced. It is largely identical to past versions but our collective advocacy, meetings, and calls helped to secure one significant exception in the language of the new bill. ...
  • An Update on Slack December 22, 2018
    We thank Slack for working to restore service to those erroneously cut off and for apologizing for their mistake. User access and data must be restored and we hope that Slack will look closely at whether such compliance efforts were necessary in the first place.
  • NIAC Calls on Slack to End Over-Compliance and End Discrimination Against Iranian Nationals December 21, 2018
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    In a new letter, the National Iranian-American Council, the leading voice for the Iranian-American community, is demanding that the technology company Slack stop its over-compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran and end discrimination against Iranian nationals.
  • NIAC Sends Letter to Slack on Account Closures December 20, 2018
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    We’ve been hearing from members of our community that Slack accounts have been abruptly closed under the guise of sanctions enforcement. We’re looking into getting answers on these unfair closures.
  • NIAC Sends Letter on Long Administrative Processing for Student Visas September 19, 2018
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC wrote to the Bureau of Consular Affairs and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in regard to reports of long administrative processing times for Iranian students, including visa renewals for those who have already began studying in the U.S, requesting to meet with the offices. Read the letter in its entirety.
  • Sanctions Bar Educational Platform from Servicing Iranians September 14, 2018
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    After sending an open letter to the company, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has been working with edX to resolve complications arising from the suspension.
  • NIAC Sends Letter to Corporations Lobbying for H.R. 392 August 22, 2018
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC’s letter urges these corporations to reconsider their support for legislation that would, if passed, hurt many of their own employees already targeted by unfair immigration policies.
  • NIAC Concerned by edX Move to Bar Iranians from Coursework August 8, 2018
    In response to messages received from its members, NIAC sent a letter today to edX, an online educational platform expressing concern regarding its decision to terminate or reject the participation of students with Iranian background.
  • MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Experts Available to Discuss Trump’s Muslim Ban June 26, 2018
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Experts from the National Iranian American Council are available to discuss the Supreme Court’s outrageous decision to uphold Donald Trump’s Muslim ban and the necessity for Congress to take action to end the ban once and for all.
  • Nike Petition Update: Demanding Accountability from Nike June 25, 2018
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Though our petition has not received a response yet, we wanted to let you know that we are putting additional pressure on Nike. We have sent their CEO, Mark Parker, a letter detailing our concerns and asking for answers. You can find an excerpt of the letter below.
  • NIAC Strongly Condemns the Iranian Judiciary’s Detention of Nasrin Sotoudeh June 13, 2018
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Trita Parsi Phone: 202-386-6325 Email: tparsi@niacouncil.org Washington, D.C. – Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement regarding Nasrin Sotoudeh’s unjust arrest and detention in Evin Prison: “NIAC strongly condemns the Iranian judiciary’s detention of Sotoudeh and calls for the immediate release of her and all prisoners ...
  • Pompeo Pressed on Iran before Senate Committee May 25, 2018
    Armin FakhraiArmin Fakhrai
    “The Saudis and their allies, the Gulf Sheikdoms, spend eight times more (militarily) than Iran,” noted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday.
  • NIAC Calls on Bank of America to End Discriminatory Practices Against Iranian Americans May 24, 2018
    NIAC Statement
    NIAC is calling on Bank of America to immediately end discriminatory practices against Iranians and Iranian Americans and to conduct a full review of its procedures related to the suspension bank accounts held by individuals of Iranian descendant.
  • Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Muslim Ban April 25, 2018
    Shayan Modarres
    Today, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in the case of Trump v. Hawaii challenging the constitutionality of Presidential Proclamation 9645, otherwise known as Muslim Ban 3.0. By June of this year, we will learn whether the Supreme Court will allow a Muslim Ban to forever ...
  • NIAC and the Coalition’s Fight Against the Muslim Ban April 25, 2018
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Today, after a more than a year of fighting back against the Muslim Ban, our community finally got our day in the highest court in the United States, which will decide whether a Muslim Ban will become the official immigration policy of our country.