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August 3, 2020

Two dozen organizations have written the Senate to warn against the passage of S. 386, the so-called Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, given the harm it would do to immigrant communities while failing to fix the green card backlog. The signers – including Asian Americans Advancing Justice, NIAC Action, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and United We Dream – represent a diverse array of immigrant communities, all of whom would be harmed by the end of country caps without new green cards to clear the existing green card backlog.

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July 24, 2020

The Black Lives Matter protests that have swept the nation reveal a historic moment of activism across the U.S., which demands racial equality, police accountability, and social justice. That Black Americans are at the center of these efforts is no surprise given that Black history is at the center of the American story. The distinct struggle of Black Americans for freedom and equality, which has spanned centuries, has paved the way for the civil liberties of other marginalized groups, a struggle that has helped us move towards the fulfilling the foundational ideals of the United States of America. As Americans, it is incumbent upon us to educate ourselves not only on this history of struggle and its continuation through today, but also to recognize our own privileges and confront the anti-blackness within our community. To that end NIAC is making efforts to facilitate more dialogue in our community, so that we may learn, heal, and grow together. Our panel on anti-blackness, BLM, and the Iranian-American community is intended to be a step in that journey.

July 22, 2020

The passage of legislation to end the Muslim ban is a decisive victory for everyone impacted by this disgraceful ban that is rooted in Trump’s bigotry. If you feared for a loved one detained or deported by one of Trump’s bans, were separated from a loved one because of where they were born, or simply showed up to protest this un-American and discriminatory order, this vote today was for you.

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June 25, 2020

“The Trump administration broke the international consensus around Iran that took years to build,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, senior fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “I think this will go down as an epic strategic blunder during the Trump Era.” DiMaggio was speaking on NIAC’s recent panel examining current and future U.S. policy toward Iran, entitled “A Maximum Pressure Exit Strategy: Can the U.S. Save the Iran Nuclear Deal Before it’s Too Late?” Joining DiMaggio as panelists were Jamal Abdi, President of NIAC, and Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund. Sanam Shantyaei, Senior Journalist at France 24, led the panel as moderator. 

July 31, 2020

Mock U.S. Aircraft Carrier Blown Up in War Games Exercise. U.S. Jets Intercept Iranian Passenger Aircraft. Rouhani Talks about U.S. Requests for Negotiations. Brian Hook’s Diplomatic Trips Analyzed. Iran & the U.S. Spar Over Afghanistan. COVID-19 Limits Set for Religious Ceremonies.

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August 3, 2020

Two dozen organizations have written the Senate to warn against the passage of S. 386, the so-called Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, given the harm it would do to immigrant communities while failing to fix the green card backlog. The signers – including Asian Americans Advancing Justice, NIAC Action, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and United We Dream – represent a diverse array of immigrant communities, all of whom would be harmed by the end of country caps without new green cards to clear the existing green card backlog.

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June 25, 2020

“The Trump administration broke the international consensus around Iran that took years to build,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, senior fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “I think this will go down as an epic strategic blunder during the Trump Era.” DiMaggio was speaking on NIAC’s recent panel examining current and future U.S. policy toward Iran, entitled “A Maximum Pressure Exit Strategy: Can the U.S. Save the Iran Nuclear Deal Before it’s Too Late?” Joining DiMaggio as panelists were Jamal Abdi, President of NIAC, and Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund. Sanam Shantyaei, Senior Journalist at France 24, led the panel as moderator. 

July 31, 2020

This week reports confirm that Moore-Gilbert was moved from Evin Prison in Tehran, to a remote location in Qarchak women’s prison, which is notorious for its poor conditions. After an initial quarantine at Qarchak due to Covid-19 concerns, she was moved into the general prison population. While in prison, Moore-Gilbert has suffered psychologically and physically, she has participated in hunger strikes against prison conditions, and continues to plead her case, hoping for Australian authorities to take stronger action to secure her release.

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