Discrimination & Immigration

  • 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.
  • FAQ on Recent Supreme Court Decision on Muslim Ban 3 December 6, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    What Does Yesterday’s Supreme Court Decision Mean? The Supreme Court issued a stay of the injunctions in the 9th Circuit and the 4th Circuit. What that means is that they have halted, or vacated, the lower courts’ blocks on the ban – or in other words, the Trump administration may temporarily ...
  • NIAC Frustrated with Muslim Ban Being Allowed Back into Effect December 4, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shayan Modarres Email: smodarres@niacouncil.org Phone: (407) 408-0494 Washington, D.C. – The National Iranian American Council (“NIAC”) issued the following statement on the heels of a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States moments ago to lift injunctions in the Fourth and Ninth Circuits, allowing the ...
  • NIAC Statement on President’s Retweet of Hate Group Videos November 29, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    President Trump retweeted a British white supremacist’s hateful videos attempting to vilify Muslims.
  • NIAC Statement on Shooting of Bijan Ghaisar November 28, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    We are deeply saddened and concerned by the shooting death of Bijan Ghaisar, an Iranian-American from Northern Virginia, at the hands of U.S. Park Police.
  • 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.