Discrimination & Immigration

  • Court Hears Live Testimony Ahead of Friday Hearing on Muslim Ban April 19, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    unnamedWashington, DC – DC District Court Judge Tanya S. Chutkan heard live testimonials on Tuesday from members of the Iranian-American community in the joint lawsuit, Pars Equality Center, et al., v. Donald J. Trump, et al., brought on behalf of four Iranian-American organizations challenging the Administration’s Muslim Ban.
  • Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on Detentions of Iranians April 5, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    PAAIA-NIAC-IAAB-IABA-PARSAs organizations that represent the Iranian-American community, we are deeply concerned by recent arrests of Iranians visiting and studying in the United States. At least two Iranians are currently being held in custody by U.S. immigration authorities: Alia Ghandi and Mohammad Salar Fard-Hajian. We implore authorities to ensure these individuals have ...
  • NIAC Calls on Authorities to Release Second Detained Iranian Citizen Holding Valid Visa April 2, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoThe National Iranian American Council calls upon authorities to release and explain the arrest and detention of Mohammad Salar Fard-Hajian, an Iranian citizen who holds a valid U.S. visa. Fard-Hajian was arrested Thursday in Dearborn, Michigan. NIAC has confirmed with the Dearborn Police Department that he was taken into custody ...
  • NIAC Calls on Authorities to Release Detained Iranian Citizen Holding Valid Visa March 30, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Alia“The National Iranian American Council calls upon authorities to release and explain the arrest and detention of Alia Ghandi, an Iranian citizen who holds a valid U.S. visa. Ghandi’s arrest raises a number of concerns that Iranians are still being unfairly targeted by immigration enforcement due to their national origin, ...
  • NIAC Statement on Carry-On Restrictions for Muslim-Majority Countries March 21, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    niac logoThe National Iranian American Council released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s new restrictions targeting travelers on foreign airlines from ten airports in Muslim-majority nations: “The Trump administration’s decision to bar passengers on foreign airlines in Muslim-majority countries from carrying large electronic devices on board must unfortunately be ...
  • NIAC Calls for White House Aide Sebastian Gorka’s Resignation or Dismissal March 16, 2017
    NIAC Press Release
    220518_410781-161521NIAC’s Trita Parsi released the following statement in response to reports that Sebastian Gorka is a sworn member of the Nazi-affiliated group Vitézi Rend.
  • Q & A: Would Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 Keep Us Safer? March 16, 2017
    Adam WeinsteinReza MarashiReza Marashi
    muslim-ban-cnnTrump’s revised Muslim ban is set to go into effect this Thursday, March 16th. Since it’s announcement last week, we at NIAC have received an avalanche of questions from across the United States. In an effort to keep you informed, we posed the five most common questions that we’ve received ...
  • NIAC Welcomes Court Order Halting Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 March 15, 2017
    NIAC Press Release
    6363597-9597585The court’s decision to issue a temporary restraining order barring the latest Executive Order imposing a Muslim ban is another triumph for American values over discrimination.
  • NIAC Panel on Capitol Hill Examines Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 March 15, 2017
    Adam Weinstein
    march-briefing“Some refer to it as the Muslim ban, some argue that it does not affect all Muslims so it is not a Muslim ban, that is up for debate. What is not up for debate is that it affects all Iranians. Iranians, of the six countries, make up 58% of ...
  • NIAC Joins Amicus Brief to Protect Immigrants’ Citizenship March 9, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    C6VIUUqUwAAip2pWashington, DC – NIAC has joined 73 other organizations to file an amicus brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that threatens to allow the government to strip individuals of their U.S. citizenship for making minor, immaterial misstatements during the immigration process. Traditionally, stripping naturalized citizens of ...
  • Why Trump’s Travel Ban is Still a Muslim Ban March 8, 2017
    Adam WeinsteinTrita ParsiTrita Parsi
    muslim-ban-cnnPresident Donald Trump’s new travel ban may reduce the chaos at airports caused by his previous executive order, but it will not enhance American security or make the intention behind the original order any less bigoted. Indeed, in our opinion, the new travel ban is still very much a Muslim ban, ...
  • Trump Didn’t Start The Anti-Iranian Fire March 6, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita ParsiTyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Trump-Capitol-HillLast week, Adam Purinton – a 51-year-old white man – reportedly stepped into a bar in Kansas and shot at two Indian men, killing one. He then left the bar and went to a restaurant where he allegedly confided to a barmaid that he had just killed two “Iranians.” With ...
  • FAQ: Trump’s New Travel Ban March 6, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    faqsWhat is the Executive Order? 1. On March 6, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law an Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Section 3(c) of the Order blocks entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from six affected countries — Iran, Libya, ...
  • Trump Pays Lip Service on Hate February 28, 2017
    NIAC Press Release
    gettyimages-645940624After months of demonizing Muslims, banning Iranians from visiting their families in America, and fanning the flames of hatred in our country, Donald Trump finally went on a limb tonight and condemned acts of hate.
  • Update: What’s Next in the Effort to Overturn Trump’s Muslim Ban – and What Will the New Executive Order Likely do? February 28, 2017
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    NIAC LogoEfforts to overturn the Trump administration’s Muslim ban are expected to take a new turn this week with the issuance of a new Executive Order this coming Wednesday.