Community & Heritage

  • 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 ...
  • BREAKING: US District Court Judge “Inclined to Agree” That Muslim Ban Unconstitutional May 11, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC Says Stayed Decision is Strong Line of Defense in Case Courts Overturn Injunction on President Trump’s Muslim Ban WASHINGTON, DC — Earlier today, Judge Tanya Sue Chutkan a judge at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order staying the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) motion ...
  • 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 ...
  • Take Action: Make Sure Iranian Americans Are Counted in the Next U.S. Census May 2, 2017
    NIACNIAC
    Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and a coalition of Iranian-American organizations comprised of PAAIA, IAAB, and IABA are urging for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to include an ethnicity category in the Census for Middle Eastern and North African (MENA). Following years of community ...
  • 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 Statement on Secretary Tillerson’s Norooz Message March 21, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council released the following statement in response to the Secretary Rex Tillerson’s message on Norooz: “We welcome Secretary Tillerson’s Norooz greeting and message that we ‘look forward to celebrating this new spring together.’ Our question is: how? Tillerson and the Trump administration’s Muslim ...
  • Trump Didn’t Start The Anti-Iranian Fire March 6, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita ParsiTyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Last week, Adam Purinton – a 51-year-old white man – reportedly stepped into a bar in Kansas and shot at two Indian men, killing one. He then left the bar and went to a restaurant where he allegedly confided to a barmaid that he had just killed two “Iranians.” With ...
  • FAQ: Trump’s New Travel Ban March 6, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    What is the Executive Order? 1. On March 6, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law an Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Section 3(c) of the Order blocks entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from six affected countries — Iran, Libya, ...
  • Trump Pays Lip Service on Hate February 28, 2017
    NIAC Press Release
    After 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.
  • FAQ: Trump’s Travel Ban and You (Updated 2/14/17) February 14, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    This FAQ is in regards to the first Executive Order that was signed on January 27, 2017. A new FAQ in response to Trump’s Executive Order that was signed on March 6, 2017 can be found here. Implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order has been chaotic. We have received conflicting reports ...
  • Policy Memo: Why Trump’s Executive Order is Likely to be Permanent for Iranians January 31, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    President 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
    It’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
    As 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 ...