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February 13, 2015

Boston Globe: UMass Amherst Stops Admitting Iranians to Some Graduate Programs

Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, said that after the passage of the federal Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012, “several companies had misinterpreted the law this way,” but he had hoped that phase had passed. Before Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, Parsi said, Iranians made up perhaps the largest group of foreign students in the United States. While those numbers have dropped significantly, many top students still come from Iran and go on to take leadership roles in major US companies and important positions in Iran, he said.

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