Discrimination & Immigration

  • NIAC Condemns Threats Targeting Jewish Community Centers January 18, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoWe are deeply disturbed by reports of threats to Jewish Centers across the country and condemn this and all acts of hate and violence. Today’s reports are sadly not isolated incidents. Unfortunately, these episodes appear to be on the rise. We were equally disturbed by reports on the rise of ...
  • NIAC Concerned That U.S. Banks are Denying Financial Services to Iranians in the U.S. January 9, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    chase-bank-2017Over the past few years, Iranian visa-holders resident in the United States have seen their bank accounts at U.S. financial institutions shuttered as a result of U.S. sanctions. The most recent case is that of Chase Bank, where NIAC has learned that Chase is closing the bank accounts of Iranian ...
  • Iranian Americans and the Color of Success January 3, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    49juza6nSpeech matters. It is no surprise that after one of the most vicious presidential campaigns in history, where bigoted speech against Middle Easterners and Muslims was increasingly normalized, hate crimes against Americans perceived to be Muslims surged 67 percent. Iranian Americans are not specifically mentioned or identified in these statistics, ...
  • Will our children hide that they’re Iranian American? December 20, 2016
    Reza AslanReza Aslan
    Nederland, Amsterdam
Iraans-Amerikaanse godsdienstwetenschapper Reza Aslan. Aslan bezoekt Nederland ivm de vertaling van zijn boek over Jezus, Reza Arslan: De zeloot.
Foto: Martine SprangersWhen I grew up in the 1980s, hostilities against Iranians were so intense, I told my neighbors that I was Mexican. I spent some years of my life in America as an undocumented immigrant, not feeling safe expressing my own identity. I never thought I would have to relive those days. ...
  • Video: Will Trump Listen to Warmongers on Iran? December 15, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Video: Will Trump Listen to Warmongers on Iran? To avoid war tomorrow, we must invest in peace today.  Please make a tax-deductible contribution of $250 or an amount right for you so we prevent any slide towards war and defend our civil rights at home.
  • This is the plan November 29, 2016
    Elham KhatamiElham Khatami
    NIAC LogoIt’s been a difficult past few weeks. Like most of you, I’ve spent many hours processing the election. I’ve laid awake some nights wondering what a Trump presidency means for our community. And I have heard from countless NIAC members who share the same concerns. Many of you are worried ...
  • Leadership Conference 2016: Who’s Afraid of Hyphenated Americans? Confronting Misconceptions About Iranians and Muslims October 4, 2016
    Mitra Karami
    img_0640-2In the shadow of the Trump campaign, which has capitalized from and promoted xenophobic ideas and policies, an expert panel at NIAC’s 2016 Leadership Conference considered how to confront bigotry and racism toward Iranians and Muslims. None of the panelists expected Trump to win the Presidency, but author and foreign ...
  • EU Decides Against Counter-Measures to Visa Waiver Restrictions July 21, 2016
    Sarah Sakha
    Washington, DC – The European Commission announced on July 13, 2016, that it would not reciprocate restrictions on American travelers in response to travel restrictions effected by the U.S. on European travelers. The EU was obligated to consider suspending the Visa Waiver Program, which enables visa-free travel between the U.S. and ...
  • Why Black Lives Matter Is Important to Iranian Americans July 12, 2016
    Roksana Borzouei
    BLM-Farsi2A letter is circulating among minority communities, seeking to explain why the Black Lives Matter movement is important to many first- and second-generation immigrants, many of whom are not Black themselves. It seeks to show that the roots of problems affecting Black communities are the same roots of many of our ...
  • Most Americans Oppose Bans on Muslims and Refugees June 23, 2016
    Sarah Sakha
    512501530-republican-presidential-candidate-donald-trump-speaks.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2After the horrific shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Donald Trump almost immediately reiterated his call for a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States. Such a blanket ban could affect millions of people in at least 40 countries, including Iran. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) implied the Obama ...
  • Open Letter: Let Rumi Be Played By A Middle Easterner! June 23, 2016
    Mina JafariMina Jafari
    n-RUMI-LEO-628x314 Dear David Franzoni and Stephen Joel Brown, I think we speak for the entire Iranian-American community in applauding you for filming a biopic of beloved 13th century Persian poet Rumi. For most Persian speakers, Rumi is sacred. His beautiful poems of joy and love are deeply ingrained in Persian culture. While ...
  • DC Fundraiser a Success! June 14, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NY-Fundraiser-WrapUp-CoverTHANK YOU to all who helped make NIAC’s June 8th Washington, DC fundraiser a huge success, to help defeat visa waiver discrimination laws and strengthen the Iranian-American community! Thanks to our generous DC, Maryland and Virginia supporters, we exceeded our $60K fundraising goal — and enjoyed a wonderful evening of ...
  • Discriminatory ‘VISA Act’ Moves Forward May 25, 2016
    Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 11.05.47 AMWashington, DC – Legislation targeting Iranian and other visa seekers for enhanced security measures moved forward in the House today after a contentious committee debate. The bill, which would also subject visa applicants and their American family petitioners to DNA testing, was advanced by the House Judiciary Committee on a ...
  • Senate Democrats Block Latest Effort to Undermine Iran Deal April 28, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Senator Tom Cotton, author of the notorious letter sent by 47 Republican Senators to Iran’s Supreme Leader last year, is leading yet another attempt to undermine implementation of the Iran deal. This week, Cotton introduced an amendment to a key spending bill that would block the U.S. from undertaking certain ...
  • 24 Organizations Call on Major Tech Companies to Refrain From Supporting Bigoted Political Party Conventions April 25, 2016
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoMuslim Advocates led a coalition of 24 non-partisan advocacy, faith and civil rights groups to call on major technology companies, who have been vocal about championing diversity, fairness and inclusion, to withdraw from and decline any existing or future sponsorships, including in-kind contributions, to political party conventions where hateful and ...