Issues

  • 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 Statement on the Trump Administration’s Undermining of the JCPOA July 18, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    “While the Trump administration certified Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA with one hand today, it continues to undermine the nuclear accord with the other by undermining the sanctions relief process. Though Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA has been certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as well as all ...
  • War With Iran is Back on the Table – Thanks to Trump July 17, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    On the two-year anniversary of the historic Iran nuclear deal, Washington is abuzz with renewed calls for confrontation with Tehran. President Donald Trump should roll back Iranian influence through pressure and sanctions, the argument goes. Some even suggest pressure can lead to regime change, failing to see the contradiction in ...
  • NIAC Statement on the Unjust Sentencing of US Citizen Xiyue Wang July 17, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    “We condemn the unjust detention and sentencing of Xiyue Wang, a Princeton student conducting research on the Qajar Dynasty in Iran. From the evidence made public by Iran’s Judiciary against Mr. Wang, it appears that his only crime was to read books at a public library. To conflate a historian’s ...
  • NIAC Statement on Passing of Maryam Mirzakhani July 15, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    Washington, D.C. – Elham Khatami released this statement following the untimely death of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the Fields Medal for mathematics: “We offer our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Stanford Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, who was the first woman and first Iranian to win the ...
  • House Passes Measure Aimed at Preventing Confrontation with Iran July 14, 2017
    Elnaz MoghangardDarius Namazi
    WASHINGTON, DC – In a victory for efforts to establish new diplomatic channels between the U.S. and Iran and prevent an accidental confrontation in the Persian Gulf, the House passed an amendment on Thursday to require the Pentagon to consider options for negotiating an Incidents at Sea Agreement with Iran ...
  • SAG-AFTRA to Recognize Middle Eastern North African (MENA) Actors July 14, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Los Angeles – July 7, 2017 – In 2015, Mena Arts Advocacy Coalition (MAAC) began challenging SAG-AFTRA on the subject of MENA (Middle Eastern North African) actors and the struggles they faced surrounding inclusion. This year, SAG-AFTRA leadership took the challenge all the way to the negotiating table during contract ...
  • Trump Is Violating The Iran Deal July 14, 2017
    Tyler CullisTyler CullisReza MarashiReza Marashi
    With two years of successful implementation in the books, Washington should be celebrating the anniversary of a historic Iran nuclear deal. Instead, President Trump is violating the pact and prompting its demise. With each passing day, it becomes less plausible that his violations are mistakes rather than malicious. This is ...
  • 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 ...
  • NIAC Congratulates the P5+1 and Iran on the Two Year Anniversary of the Nuclear Deal July 13, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    “We congratulate the United States, Iran, and the P5+1 on their choice to remain committed to peace over war and continue to preserve the landmark nuclear deal reached two years ago. It is a testament that vigilant diplomacy will always outshine militarism. The JCPOA is perhaps the most important ...
  • Congress Reacts to Trump’s “Grandma ban” July 13, 2017
    Arvand MirsafianIda 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.
  • Action Needed to Clarify Legal Basis of U.S. Military Actions in Syria July 6, 2017
    Ida AdibiElnaz Moghangard
    As the two-year anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) approaches, uncertainty over the Trump administration’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal is growing, heightening the tensions in the Middle East. At a Senate hearing on June 13, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson remarked that although Iran was ...