Discrimination & Immigration

  • NIAC Statement on the Expansion of the Muslim Ban January 31, 2020
    “Today’s expanded Muslim ban is yet another consequence of the courts and Congress allowing the President to discriminate against immigrant communities. This expansion, which clearly has no basis in an imminent national security threat, should further motivate lawmakers to take swift action that has been delayed too long. Fortunately, the ...
  • NIAC Statement on Discriminatory Order Issued to Customs and Border Patrol January 30, 2020
    Jamal Abdi, President of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), issued the following statement on the publication of what appears to be the discriminatory order issued by the Seattle Field Office to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Officers which resulted in the outrageous and discriminatory detention of individuals of Iranian ...
  • How the Trump Administration has Abused the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to Ban Muslims from the U.S.  January 23, 2020
    President Trump’s Muslim ban survived judicial review largely due to a favorable interpretation of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which provides the President with authority to limit the entry of aliens. In the majority opinion of the Supreme Court case, Chief Justice Roberts stated that “the President has ...
  • 2020 Marked by a Tumultuous Start for Human Rights in Iran January 20, 2020
    Assal Rad
    As is evident in the report, 2019 was a bleak year for human rights and Iranians have suffered greatly under domestic and foreign pressures. Unfortunately for Iranians, the new year has been a devastating continuation of tragedy. The events of the past two weeks have rocked not only Iran, but ...
  • NIAC Letter Regarding Etsy’s U.S. Sanctions Compliance Policies and Discriminatory Treatment Towards Iranian Americans January 18, 2020
    The National Iranian American Council has sent a letter to Etsy concerning its apparently discriminatory treatment of an American vendor selling “Persian dolls” on its website. These dolls appear to have been made in America with American materials by an American, and under no circumstances should have been flagged as ...
  • Letter of Solidarity Standing with NIAC January 17, 2020
    The National Iranian American Council (NIAC), and its sister organization NIAC Action, are American civil-society organizations working on behalf of members of the Iranian-American community and the broader American public. At a time when our nation is bitterly divided, NIAC is an important voice in our public debate on issues ...
  • NIAC Responds to Baseless Accusations by Senators Cotton, Cruz, and Braun January 14, 2020
    “At NIAC, we are proud of the work we do for our community. We will never stop working to advance peace and diplomacy or fighting for equitable immigration policies and the civil rights of all Americans. Unfortunately, in the current political climate, immigrant organizations and communities like ours are increasingly ...
  • Statement of Coalition of Iranian-American Organizations on Border Detentions January 7, 2020
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    We write to share extremely disconcerting news, and to share important information with you regarding new immigration incidents affecting Iranian Americans and Iranians in the U.S.  Please read the below carefully and share this information with your friends and family. 
  • NIAC Statement on DHS Investigation into Detentions of Iranian Americans at U.S. Ports of Entry January 7, 2020
    “On Sunday, January 5, the National Iranian American Council requested that the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties open an investigation into the detainment and questioning of Iranian Americans at the U.S. ports of entry. We are pleased that the Office for Civil Rights and ...
  • NIAC Statement on Verdict in Shayan Mazroei’s Murder Case December 18, 2019
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    In response to the 2nd Degree guilty verdict handed to white supremacist Craig Tanber for his role in the murder of 22-year-old Iranian American Shayan Mazroei, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement:
  • Iranian Americans Increasingly at the Center of Systematic Discrimination Across the U.S. November 15, 2019
    Jamal AbdiJamal Abdi
    Today we learned that the federal officers who inexplicably gunned down a young Iranian-American man at point blank range will not be held accountable. Bijan Ghaisar’s parents and family have sought answers for over two years and have been stonewalled by their own government. Bijan’s murder is just one part ...
  • NIAC Deeply Concerned by Flight Ban on Iranian Students September 13, 2019
    In response to recent reports that the Trump Administration is preventing Iranian students with visas from boarding their flights to the United States, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) issued the following statement: “The National Iranian American Council is deeply concerned by reports that a large number of Iranian students with ...
  • Muslim Ban Statistics Show Continued Discriminatory Impact August 14, 2019
    While the Muslim ban is no longer being implemented in front of TV cameras at airports across the country, the latest data from the Trump administration shows that its impact is still extensive – particularly on Iranian nationals.
  • NIAC Statement on the Trump Admin’s “Public Charge” Regulation August 12, 2019
    NIAC is deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s public charge rule change, which is yet another step from this administration designed to target immigrant communities in pursuit of its discriminatory, white nationalist goals. This administration’s hostility toward immigrants began with the Muslim ban, which is still in force, and continued ...
  • بانک‌ها در برابر ایرانی-آمریکایی‌ها تبعیض قائل می‌شوند – این اقدامی است که ما در مورد آن انجام می‌دهیم July 23, 2019
    ,دوست عزیز سال‌هاست که بسیاری از ایرانی-آمریکایی‌ها، تنها به دلیل تبارِ ایرانی‌شان، با بسته‌شدن حساب‌های بانکی خود مواجه می‌شوند. این نوعی تبعیضِ آزاردهنده است که می‌تواند فرد را در حالی که منتظر آزادشدن پس‌انداز و سرمایه‌ی زندگی‌اش است، با مشکلات مالی بسیاری روبه‌رو کند. بانک‌ها در گفت‌وگو با ما توضیح می‌دهند که ...