Discrimination & Immigration

  • 4th Circuit Issues Biggest Blow Yet to Trump’s Muslim Ban May 25, 2017
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shayan Modarres Phone: 202 386-6325 Email: smodarres@niacouncil.org Washington, D.C.  –– The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement in response to the decision today by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the lower court nationwide freeze of President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban: “The National Iranian American ...
  • Trump’s Muslim Ban Back on Trial in the Ninth Circuit Today May 16, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier today, a three-judge panel appointed by former President Bill Clinton heard oral arguments in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as they consider whether to uphold a lower court decision from Hawaii placing a nationwide freeze on the Muslim ban. For the second time in the ...
  • The Fight Over Trump’s Muslim Ban Is A Fight Over America’s Identity May 10, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    To be clear, this fight in court over Donald Trump’s Muslim ban is not an ordinary disagreement over immigration policy ― racism and discrimination are on trial, and concerned Americans are fighting back against efforts to make these the official policies of the United States. The intent behind the Muslim ...
  • NIAC Deeply Concerned By New “Extreme Vetting” Proposal May 4, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, D.C. – The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is profoundly concerned by the Trump administration’s newly released proposal for “extreme vetting” interview questions. “Donald Trump’s Muslim ban has been blocked by multiple courts so now he is attempting to circumvent the judiciary and impose a Muslim ban through new measures,” ...
  • NIAC Condemns DOJ Decision in Alton Sterling Case May 3, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement following the Justice Department’s decision not to charge the police officers responsible for killing Alton Sterling: “We are deeply disturbed and saddened to learn that the Department of Justice, under the direction of Jeff Sessions, will not be prosecuting ...
  • NIAC Joins Letter Demanding ICE Release Detention Records April 25, 2017
    NIACNIAC
    The National Iranian American Council joined several other organizations in signing onto a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding the release of detention records from the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The release of detention records would provide advocacy groups with information needed to stand against ...
  • Iranian-Americans Continue Fight Against Second Muslim Ban April 24, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    The judge in the Iranian-American lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban indicated Friday that she was not yet ready to issue a new nationwide freeze on the ban. Instead, Judge Tanya S. Chutkan in the Washington, D.C. Circuit requested additional briefs from the Iranian-American plaintiffs and from the government ...
  • Court Hears Live Testimony Ahead of Friday Hearing on Muslim Ban April 19, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, 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
    As 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
    The 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
    “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
    The 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
    NIAC’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
    Trump’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
    The 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.