Discrimination & Immigration

  • 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.
  • Kansas Shooter Believed He Was Targeting Iranians February 27, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Adam Purinton-Olathe KansasWashington, DC – National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement: Last week we expressed our shock and condolences after a Kansas man allegedly shot three people he believed to be Middle Eastern, screaming “get out of my country.” Two of the men were Indian and one of them died ...
  • After Kansas Murder, NIAC Calls on Trump to Condemn Anti-Immigrant Violence February 23, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 5.36.34 PMThe National Iranian American Council is horrified and outraged by the shooting of three people in Olathe, Kansas Wednesday evening. NIAC sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Srinivas Kuchibotla, who passed away, and Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot, both of whom are recovering from injuries.
  • NIAC Joins Organizations Urging United Nations to Examine Border Discrimination February 16, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoWashington, DC – NIAC joined two dozen organizations, including Access Now and the ACLU, to urge the United Nations to investigate reports of that U.S. citizens and noncitizens of Middle Eastern descent or Muslim faith are being forced to hand over their cell phones to U.S. border agents. The letter expresses ...
  • FAQ: Trump’s Travel Ban and You (Updated 2/14/17) February 14, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    faqsImplementation of President Trump’s Executive Order has been chaotic. We have received conflicting reports regarding its scope and application. The answers below, which we will seek to keep up-to-date, are based on our best understanding of the situation as it stands. If you have a legal question specific to your ...
  • Iranian-American Orgs File Federal Lawsuit Against Trump Travel Ban Executive Order February 9, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoSeveral prominent Iranian-American organizations have filed a joint action in federal court to stop the Trump Administration’s Executive Order banning nationals from Iran and six other predominantly Muslim nations from entering the U.S.
  • DHS Secretary Says Immigration Ban Will Be Permanent February 7, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    trump-homeland-security-secretaryWashington, DC – Contradicting past claims that the entry ban for seven predominantly Muslim countries would be temporary, a top administration official testified today that the ban may be permanent for some countries. In testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly acknowledged that the ...
  • Court Suspends Trump’s Travel Ban February 4, 2017
    Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, left, is greeted in Seattle.A U.S. judge has temporarily blocked implementation of Trump’s travel ban, opening up a window in which individuals with current visas should be permitted to enter to the U.S.
  • Bills to Repeal Trump Ban Backed By Nearly All Congressional Democrats February 1, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.Legislation to rescind Donald Trump’s Executive Order that bans travel for nationals of seven countries has already garnered the support of nearly every Democrat in the House and Senate.
  • Update on Trump’s Ban (February 1, 2017) February 1, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    trumpI wanted to share some of the latest updates and analysis in the battle to stop Trump’s immigration ban.
  • Policy Memo: Why Trump’s Executive Order is Likely to be Permanent for Iranians January 31, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoPresident Trump’s Executive Order banning entry for nationals of seven countries is likely to be made permanent for Iran and potentially other countries. This is why it is simply unacceptable to tolerate the ban or accede to fixes on the margins. If we do not overturn the ban in its entirety, it could be ...
  • Finally, some good news January 29, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    dallas-detaineesIt’s been a long few days, but we have some welcome news this evening for U.S. permanent residents and their relatives. Under intense pressure, the Trump Administration has backed down on a key element of its immigration ban. After declaring yesterday that green card holders from Iran and the six other ...
  • Update: We can win this January 29, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Screen Shot 2017-01-29 at 1.08.30 PMAs you have seen – we can win this. Thanks to the efforts of one of our partners – ACLU – courts have ordered the deportations to stop until the legality of the order has been reviewed. It’s nowhere near a full victory, but a clear indication that we can stop ...
  • NIAC Calls for Grace Period on Inhumane Trump Ban January 28, 2017
    NIAC Press Release
    jpegIf the Trump administration has any shred of humanity and decency, it will institute a grace period without delay in order to enable all lawful permanent residents, dual nationals and visa holders from Iran and the other targeted countries to return to the United States to reunite with their families ...