Statements & Press Releases

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  • NIAC Responds to Trump’s State of the Union Address February 5, 2020
    “The President also failed to talk about his cruel Muslim Travel Ban that separates Iranian-American families, his border policies that have infringed on the rights of Iranian Americans who have been treated as second class citizens, or his unexplained deportation of Iranian students. These policies are eroding the foundations of ...
  • NIAC Statement on the Expansion of the Muslim Ban January 31, 2020
    “Today’s expanded Muslim ban is yet another consequence of the courts and Congress allowing the President to discriminate against immigrant communities. This expansion, which clearly has no basis in an imminent national security threat, should further motivate lawmakers to take swift action that has been delayed too long. Fortunately, the ...
  • NIAC Statement on Discriminatory Order Issued to Customs and Border Patrol January 30, 2020
    Jamal Abdi, President of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), issued the following statement on the publication of what appears to be the discriminatory order issued by the Seattle Field Office to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Officers which resulted in the outrageous and discriminatory detention of individuals of Iranian ...
  • NIAC Statement on House Resolution 752 Condemning Iran’s Crackdown on Protestors January 28, 2020
    “H.Res. 752 rightly condemns the Iranian government’s brutal crackdown in November that left hundreds of protesters dead following mass demonstrations triggered by an end to fuel subsidies. It is important for credible voices in Congress to condemn the Iranian government’s gross violations of human rights and call on Iran to ...
  • Statement on Deportation of Shahab Dehghani January 21, 2020
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    Jamal Abdi, President of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), issued the following statement on the deportation of Mr. Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein Abadi, an Iranian national who was partway through a degree at Northeastern University:“It is a disgrace that nearly three years through President Trump’s implementation of a Muslim ...
  • NIAC Letter Regarding Etsy’s U.S. Sanctions Compliance Policies and Discriminatory Treatment Towards Iranian Americans January 18, 2020
    The National Iranian American Council has sent a letter to Etsy concerning its apparently discriminatory treatment of an American vendor selling “Persian dolls” on its website. These dolls appear to have been made in America with American materials by an American, and under no circumstances should have been flagged as ...
  • Letter of Solidarity Standing with NIAC January 17, 2020
    The National Iranian American Council (NIAC), and its sister organization NIAC Action, are American civil-society organizations working on behalf of members of the Iranian-American community and the broader American public. At a time when our nation is bitterly divided, NIAC is an important voice in our public debate on issues ...
  • NIAC Receives Outpouring of Support After Outrageous “Dual Loyalty” Attack Leveled By Pro-War Senators January 17, 2020
    Washington, DC – Over 100 organizations, experts and former officials rallied to the defense of the National Iranian American Council and its sister organization, NIAC Action, after three extreme partisan Senate war hawks questioned the organization’s allegiances. NIAC is an American organization that for nearly two decades has been a ...
  • NIAC Responds to Baseless Accusations by Senators Cotton, Cruz, and Braun January 14, 2020
    “At NIAC, we are proud of the work we do for our community. We will never stop working to advance peace and diplomacy or fighting for equitable immigration policies and the civil rights of all Americans. Unfortunately, in the current political climate, immigrant organizations and communities like ours are increasingly ...
  • NIAC Statement on European Powers Triggering JCPOA Dispute Resolution Mechanism January 14, 2020
    Europe’s complete fecklessness in the face of Donald Trump’s pressure is once again on full display. Unlike the Trump administration that has orchestrated this nuclear crisis, Europe wants to keep the Iran deal alive and has exerted diplomatic energy toward that end, with little to show for it.
  • NIAC Statement on Repression of Iranian Protests January 13, 2020
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    WASHINGTON DC – In response to reports that Iranian protests, after shooting down a Ukrainian International Airlines passenger plane this week, are being repressed by authorities, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) issued the following statement:
  • NIAC Statement on Iran’s Accidental Downing of Passenger Plane January 11, 2020
    Our hearts are with the families and friends still grieving over their lost loved ones. This has been a tremendous loss for Iran, the Iranian diaspora and all who lost loved ones on the flight. Today we learned this was an entirely avoidable and irresponsible error, which has already prompted ...
  • NIAC Statement on House Passage of Resolution to Halt Iran War January 9, 2020
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    Ryan Costello, Policy Director for the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement on the passage of the resolution (H.Con.Res. 83) from Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) clarifying that President Trump does not have authorization for war with Iran:
  • NIAC Statement on Ukraine Airliner Crash in Iran January 9, 2020
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    Washington DC – In response to reports on the crash of a Ukrainian civilian plane, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) issued the following statement:”Our hearts are with the families and friends of the many victims of the crash in Iran, Canada, Ukraine and Europe. It is hard to imagine ...
  • NIAC Statement on Iranian Missile Attacks on U.S. Bases in Iraq January 7, 2020
    NIAC is deeply concerned by reports of Iranian missile attacks against U.S. military bases inside Iraq. We condemn all military escalations by both the Iranian and U.S. governments that have led us to this tragic and avoidable point. It is not too late to pull back from a full-blown war. ...