Community & Heritage

  • Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on Detentions of Iranians April 5, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    PAAIA-NIAC-IAAB-IABA-PARSAs 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
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    Rex TillersonWashington, 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
    Trump-Capitol-HillLast 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
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    faqsWhat 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
    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.
  • FAQ: Trump’s Travel Ban and You (Updated 2/14/17) February 14, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    faqsThis 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
    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 ...
  • Urgent Update: Final Executive Order Analysis January 27, 2017
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    Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 9.55.28 PMWe have reviewed the final text of the Executive Order signed by Donald Trump to bar entry to the U.S. for nationals of seven countries, including Iran. Our updated analysis is here. The final order is worse than the draft leaked earlier this week, and the Trump Administration continues to leave vital ...
  • Trump’s Executive Order is a Travesty January 27, 2017
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    NIAC Logo“It has been two hours since Donald Trump signed what may be one of the most consequential assaults on American values and security and yet they have still not released this document to the American people. His order will affect tens of thousands of lives and yet none of us ...
  • Panel Explores Rise of Hate in the United States January 27, 2017
    Pouya Parsian
    Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 6.10.45 PM“One’s well-being cannot be based on the targeting of others,” said Devon J. Crawford, a Humanity in Action senior fellow with the NAACP, at a panel discussion hosted by NIAC Action and Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) last week. “We need to prioritize educating ourselves so that we can learn how ...
  • NIAC Condemns Trump Plan to Ban Visitors from Iran and Muslim-Majority Countries January 24, 2017
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    niac logoThe National Iranian American Council released the following statement regarding reports that President Trump plans to issue an Executive Order tomorrow banning refugees and visa holders from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States: “Donald Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he ...
  • Iranian Americans and the Color of Success January 3, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    49juza6nSpeech matters. It is no surprise that after one of the most vicious presidential campaigns in history, where bigoted speech against Middle Easterners and Muslims was increasingly normalized, hate crimes against Americans perceived to be Muslims surged 67 percent. Iranian Americans are not specifically mentioned or identified in these statistics, ...