Discrimination & Immigration

  • 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 ModarresShayan 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.
  • Don’t Let Muslim Travel Ban Join List of America’s Moral Failures April 23, 2018
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    The administration was forced to change the ban twice following legal pressure, and now the Supreme Court will consider the legality of the third iteration, which places restrictions on travelers from seven countries, five of them predominantly Muslim. They are Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela. (An ...
  • MENA Category Rejected by Census Bureau Despite Clear Benefits February 6, 2018
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, DC – The US Census Bureau once again declined to add a Middle East and North African (MENA) category for the 2020 census. Many Americans of Middle-Eastern descent, including Iranian Americans, have for decades sought the additional category so that the census more accurately reflects America’s mosaic of different ...
  • NIAC Applauds 9th Circuit for Ruling Against Muslim Ban (Again) December 22, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shayan Modarres Email: smodarres@niacouncil.org Phone: (407) 408-0494 Washington, D.C. – Shayan Modarres, legal counsel for the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), issued the following statement following the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the lower court ruling blocking President Trump’s third Muslim ban: “We are reassured by ...
  • Coalition Briefing on Capitol Hill Examines Muslim Ban December 7, 2017
    Ciera DehmandErin Warner
    NIAC has teamed up with a number of organizations in co-hosting a briefing to bring public interest back to the Muslim Ban arena.