Issues

  • 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.
  • Iranian-American Organizations on Rise in Hate Crimes: Time for Leaders to Condemn These Incidents February 28, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Logos-Pars-PAAIA-IABA-NIACWASHINGTON, DC – Today four Iranian American organizations released the following statement following a series of violent incidents that have recently taken place with the intention to target Americans of Iranian descent.
  • Update: What’s Next in the Effort to Overturn Trump’s Muslim Ban – and What Will the New Executive Order Likely do? February 28, 2017
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    NIAC LogoEfforts to overturn the Trump administration’s Muslim ban are expected to take a new turn this week with the issuance of a new Executive Order this coming Wednesday.
  • Memo: Key Legislative Principles to Uphold the U.S.’s JCPOA Commitments February 28, 2017
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 1.09.13 PMThe Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) imposes long-term restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in return for the United States’ lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions targeting Iran, as well as taking steps to ensure Iran’s access in areas of trade, technology, finance, and energy. Some have nevertheless adopted the false belief ...
  • Kansas Shooter Believed He Was Targeting Iranians February 27, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Adam Purinton-Olathe KansasWashington, DC – National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement: Last week we expressed our shock and condolences after a Kansas man allegedly shot three people he believed to be Middle Eastern, screaming “get out of my country.” Two of the men were Indian and one of them died ...
  • After Kansas Murder, NIAC Calls on Trump to Condemn Anti-Immigrant Violence February 23, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 5.36.34 PMThe National Iranian American Council is horrified and outraged by the shooting of three people in Olathe, Kansas Wednesday evening. NIAC sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Srinivas Kuchibotla, who passed away, and Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot, both of whom are recovering from injuries.
  • Can Iran’s Khamenei Rule Out ‘National Reconciliation’? February 23, 2017
    Reza MarashiReza Marashi
    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran“Some people talk about national reconciliation; however, that does not make sense to me,” he said. “The people are already united. So why do you talk about reconciliation? Are the people against each other?” This has been a recurring theme in Iran since the contested 2009 presidential election and subsequent ...
  • NIAC Hiring Immigration and Civil Rights Legal Fellow February 23, 2017
    David ElliottDavid Elliott
    NIAC hiringNIAC seeks a Immigration and Civil Rights Legal Fellow to provide expertise on immigration and civil rights issues and to advance NIAC’s policy goals.
  • NIAC Hiring Northern California Field Manager February 23, 2017
    David ElliottDavid Elliott
    NIAC hiringNIAC seeks a Northern California Field Manager with organizing experience who is passionate about mobilizing the Iranian American community around issues including protecting civil rights and preventing war.
  • NIAC Joins Organizations Urging United Nations to Examine Border Discrimination February 16, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoWashington, DC – NIAC joined two dozen organizations, including Access Now and the ACLU, to urge the United Nations to investigate reports of that U.S. citizens and noncitizens of Middle Eastern descent or Muslim faith are being forced to hand over their cell phones to U.S. border agents. The letter expresses ...
  • After Flynn, Administration Remains on Collision Course with Iran February 15, 2017
    Mahsa PayestehMahsa Payesteh
    flynn-press-conference The man who put Iran “on notice” and warned that the “Trump administration will no longer tolerate Iran’s provocations,” has now been removed from his position as National Security Advisor. Yet, even with Michael Flynn gone, all signs indicate the Trump administration is likely to continue on its course toward confrontation with ...
  • FAQ: Trump’s Travel Ban and You (Updated 2/14/17) February 14, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    faqsImplementation of President Trump’s Executive Order has been chaotic. We have received conflicting reports regarding its scope and application. The answers below, which we will seek to keep up-to-date, are based on our best understanding of the situation as it stands. If you have a legal question specific to your ...
  • Bolton: Designate IRGC a Terrorist Organization to Kill Nuclear Deal February 10, 2017
    Adam Weinstein
    boltonJohn Bolton, a former UN ambassador under George W. Bush, indicated that a terror designation for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) would be a sound way to kill the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Bolton’s provocative remarks were at a panel hosted by the Jewish Institute for National Security ...
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ Upholds Court Order Blocking Trump’s Executive Order February 9, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Trita Parsi Phone: 202.386.6407 Email: tparsi@niacouncil.org Washington, DC – The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement regarding the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to uphold the court order temporarily blocking Trump’s Executive Order that restricts travel from Iran and six other nations: “The court’s decision to ...
  • Iranian-American Orgs File Federal Lawsuit Against Trump Travel Ban Executive Order February 9, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    NIAC LogoSeveral prominent Iranian-American organizations have filed a joint action in federal court to stop the Trump Administration’s Executive Order banning nationals from Iran and six other predominantly Muslim nations from entering the U.S.