February 9, 2017

PRI: Federal Appeals Court Refuses To Restore Trump’s Immigration Ban

Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council says that his organization will also keep fighting Trump’s immigration policy. “At the end of the day it’s not the end of the road, regardless of the decision,” he says. If the government ultimately wins this battle in court, he worries that Iranian Americans will have some difficult choices to make. Among the provisions of the order is that countries cooperate with the US to provide information on visa applicants and refugees. Iran, Paris says, will never do this and the temporary restriction in the order could become permanent. “If that happens,” Parsi says, “what does that mean to be Iranian American in the United States?” Parsi’s organization joined a lawsuit filed this morning against Trump’s order. In a joint statement, the Iranian Americans contesting the ban say it “illogically categorizes everyone of Iranian descent as a potential terrorist.”

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