Issues

  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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.
  • Trump’s Reckless New Iran Provocation: Designating the IRGC February 8, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    FILE PHOTO: Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran, Iran, September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoAccording to the New York Times and Reuters, the Trump administration is prepared to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) as soon as next week. This is an extremely provocative move by an administration that increasingly looks eager to start a war with Iran. ...
  • DHS Secretary Says Immigration Ban Will Be Permanent February 7, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    trump-homeland-security-secretaryWashington, DC – Contradicting past claims that the entry ban for seven predominantly Muslim countries would be temporary, a top administration official testified today that the ban may be permanent for some countries. In testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly acknowledged that the ...
  • Court Suspends Trump’s Travel Ban February 4, 2017
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    Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, left, is greeted in Seattle.A U.S. judge has temporarily blocked implementation of Trump’s travel ban, opening up a window in which individuals with current visas should be permitted to enter to the U.S.
  • NIAC Statement on Trump Administration’s Iran Sanctions Designations February 3, 2017
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    JS119492525_AP_Donald-Trump-on-phone-to-turnbull-large_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqN-IJhLaQEeagjjxwYxbEQhTj6id9vZ3VNAl6Za7zBGI         The National Iranian American Council issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s imposition of new sanctions on Iran following its ballistic missile test: “The Trump administration is following a dangerous escalatory path with Iran without any diplomatic approach or exit strategy. It’s far easier to provoke crises ...
  • What Flynn Could Learn From Kerry About Iran February 2, 2017
    Trita ParsiTrita Parsi
    flynn-press-conferenceEven the most inexperienced commander knows not to escalate without having de-escalatory options at hand. That is the most troubling issue with National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s harsh “notice” to Iran yesterday in response to Tehran’s ill-advised missile test. Flynn’s statement may have been bluster. The Donald J. Trump presidency ...