Statements & Press Releases

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  • Trump Pays Lip Service on Hate February 28, 2017
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    gettyimages-645940624After months of demonizing Muslims, banning Iranians from visiting their families in America, and fanning the flames of hatred in our country, Donald Trump finally went on a limb tonight and condemned acts of hate.
  • Iranian-American Organizations on Rise in Hate Crimes: Time for Leaders to Condemn These Incidents February 28, 2017
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    Logos-Pars-PAAIA-IABA-NIACWASHINGTON, DC – Today four Iranian American organizations released the following statement following a series of violent incidents that have recently taken place with the intention to target Americans of Iranian descent.
  • Kansas Shooter Believed He Was Targeting Iranians February 27, 2017
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    Adam Purinton-Olathe KansasWashington, DC – National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement: Last week we expressed our shock and condolences after a Kansas man allegedly shot three people he believed to be Middle Eastern, screaming “get out of my country.” Two of the men were Indian and one of them died ...
  • After Kansas Murder, NIAC Calls on Trump to Condemn Anti-Immigrant Violence February 23, 2017
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    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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • NIAC Statement on Trump Administration’s Iran Sanctions Designations February 3, 2017
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    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 ...
  • NIAC Statement on Flynn Putting Iran “On Notice” February 1, 2017
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    636215560440385923-AP-TRUMP-IRAN-88470950-2FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Trita Parsi Phone: 202.386.6407 Email: tparsi@niacouncil.org Washington, DC – Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council issued the following statement regarding National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s statement today: “National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s statement on Iran today was reckless. While Flynn’s remarks could be construed as simply bluster, they will beget ...
  • Policy Memo: Why Trump’s Executive Order is Likely to be Permanent for Iranians January 31, 2017
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    NIAC LogoPresident Trump’s Executive Order banning entry for nationals of seven countries is likely to be made permanent for Iran and potentially other countries. This is why it is simply unacceptable to tolerate the ban or accede to fixes on the margins. If we do not overturn the ban in its entirety, it could be ...
  • NIAC Calls for Grace Period on Inhumane Trump Ban January 28, 2017
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    jpegIf the Trump administration has any shred of humanity and decency, it will institute a grace period without delay in order to enable all lawful permanent residents, dual nationals and visa holders from Iran and the other targeted countries to return to the United States to reunite with their families ...
  • Trump’s Executive Order is a Travesty January 27, 2017
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    NIAC Logo“It has been two hours since Donald Trump signed what may be one of the most consequential assaults on American values and security and yet they have still not released this document to the American people. His order will affect tens of thousands of lives and yet none of us ...
  • MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Experts Available to Discuss Trump’s Muslim Ban January 27, 2017
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    NIAC LogoFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jamal Abdi, Policy Director – 202.386.6408, jabdi@niacouncil.org Trita Parsi, President – 202.386.2303, tparsi@niacouncil.org Elham Khatami, Outreach Director – 202.888.5939, ekhatami@niacouncil.org Ryan Costello, Policy Fellow – 703.963.1901, rcostello@niacouncil.org Experts from the National Iranian American Council are available to discuss President Trump’s signing of an Executive Order banning travel to the United States for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and ...
  • NIAC Condemns Trump Plan to Ban Visitors from Iran and Muslim-Majority Countries January 24, 2017
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    niac logoThe National Iranian American Council released the following statement regarding reports that President Trump plans to issue an Executive Order tomorrow banning refugees and visa holders from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States: “Donald Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he ...
  • NIAC Condemns Threats Targeting Jewish Community Centers January 18, 2017
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    NIAC LogoWe are deeply disturbed by reports of threats to Jewish Centers across the country and condemn this and all acts of hate and violence. Today’s reports are sadly not isolated incidents. Unfortunately, these episodes appear to be on the rise. We were equally disturbed by reports on the rise of ...