Discrimination & Immigration

  • All 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.
  • New Muslim Ban Imminent September 22, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    The Trump administration’s Muslim ban could be replaced with a new ban as early as today.
  • NIAC Condemns Trump’s Immoral DACA Decision September 5, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    NIAC condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the Trump administration decision to terminate the DACA program today – a program with bipartisan support that has been wildly successful in every meaningful and measurable way. 
  • NIAC Statement on Apple’s Decision to Restrict Iranian-Made Apps August 25, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    Apple’s decision to restrict mobile apps made by Iranian developers may be an overly cautious approach to U.S. sanctions compliance that undermines U.S. interests by limiting the Iranian people’s access to technologies used for personal communication.
  • Iranian American Organizations Condemn Violence and Bigotry Displayed by Hate Groups in Charlottesville, Virginia August 16, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    As organizations representing the Iranian-American community, we stand united in condemning – in the strongest possible terms – the violence and bigotry displayed by hate groups in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and Saturday.
  • NIAC Condemns Nazi Violence in Charlottesville and Trump’s Tolerance of White Supremacists August 13, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    The ‘Unite the Right’ neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia is both a national tragedy and a wake-up call to all who believe in a pluralistic, tolerant, and hate-free society.
  • Iranian-American Community Advisory: Know Your Rights at the Airport and the Border July 24, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Given the recent “Muslim Travel Ban” executive orders, many Iranians are concerned about their right to enter the United States (U.S.) and interacting with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which polices the border. This advisory provides some general guidance.
  • Republicans Vote Down Amendment to Protect Families from Muslim Ban July 19, 2017
    Darius Namazi
    WASHINGTON, DC – Congress took its first vote on the Muslim ban yesterday, as an amendment to protect family members from the Muslim ban was voted down by Republican legislators 23-29. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), was offered during a markup of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill ...
  • In First And Only Vote On Trump’s Muslim Ban, Republicans Fail The Test July 19, 2017
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    Tuesday morning, the House of Representatives did the unthinkable: lawmakers actually held a vote on Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. Representative Mark Pocan had the nerve in the Appropriations committee to call for a vote on whether taxpayer dollars should be used to enforce Trump’s Muslim ban against the grandparents and other ...
  • NIAC Applauds Court Ruling in Favor of Grandparents July 14, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shayan Modarres Phone: (202) 780-9590 Email: smodarres@niacouncil.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. District Court’s decision to include grandparents, uncles and aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews, and siblings-in-law as close familial relationships: “We ...
  • Congress Reacts to Trump’s “Grandma ban” July 13, 2017
    Ida Adibi
    Washington, D.C. – Numerous congressional Democrats have condemned the Trump administration’s latest iteration of the “Muslim ban” that bars grandparents and extended family members from Iran and other banned countries from entering the United States. However, despite opposition, legislation to rescind the ban remains blocked by Republican leadership. During a Homeland ...
  • Despite Legal Blows, Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Alive And Well July 11, 2017
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    There is an old legal adage that says, “If the law is on your side, argue the law. If the facts are on your side, argue the facts. If neither is on your side, pound the table and create a diversion.” When it comes to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, neither ...
  • NIAC Statement on Court’s Failure to Intervene on Grandparent Ban July 7, 2017
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    This is an outrageous and inhumane interpretation by the Trump administration, and we hope common sense will ultimately prevail despite the district court’s decision last night.
  • FAQ: Trump’s Muslim Ban Following the Supreme Court Decision and Directive June 29, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    The Supreme Court lifted the freeze on some key provisions of the Muslim ban executive order. Afterward, the Trump administration issued a directive with further limitations on Iranians. This could affect you or your loved ones. Please see the following Fact Sheet for key information about the Supreme Court’s ruling ...
  • Iranian grandparents are now banned from the U.S. June 29, 2017
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    I was nine years old when I finally met my grandparents. After years of only seeing them in old photos and hearing about them in my dad’s stories about growing up in Tehran, they finally were able to make the trip to America and meet their grandchildren for the first ...