Urgent: Help us fight Trump’s new Iranian ban

Donald Trump just signed a new Muslim ban that will severely impact Iranians and their families in the U.S. We are analyzing the text of the order and will provide updates as they develop but it confirms what we have long warned: the Trump administration is making its Muslim ban against Iranians and other nationals permanent and will cement a racist and discriminatory campaign promise into official U.S. policy unless we convince the courts and Congress to intervene.

Effective today, all immigrant and nonimmigrant visas will be suspended for Iranians, except student visas (M and F visas) and student exchange students (J visas) – though such travelers will be subject to increased scrutiny. All entries of Syrian and North Korean nationals with visas of any class or green cards are barred. Immigrant visas and most non-immigrant visas to nationals of Chad, Yemen, Venezuela, Libya, and Somalia will also be suspended. Iraq and Sudan have been removed from the list of banned countries.

Additionally, there will be no longer be an exception for travelers with a bona fide U.S. relationship after October 18 – meaning family members of Iranian Americans will once again be banned. The new version of the travel ban is indefinite with no set expiration date.

We are mobilizing now to fight this latest ban with everything we’ve got:

  • Legal: Our legal counsel is working with our coalition partners as we speak on potential litigation to freeze and roll back Trump’s new ban.
  • Grassroots: we are organizing actions around the country with a coalition of civil rights organizations to mobilize popular opinion and increase public pressure against the ban. (You can sign up for rallies in Washington, DC or San Francisco right now).
  • Political: we are reaching out to lawmakers and their staff to urge them to introduce new legislation to rescind Trump’s new ban and to put political pressure on those in Congress who refuse to challenge this president’s heinous bans. We are also prepared to notify lawmakers about specific cases of affected travelers in case Congressional intervention is needed.

Additionally, if you or a family member are affected by the ban please contact our Legal Counsel, Shayan Modarres, at smodarres@niacouncil.org.

We will post our legal analysis and Question and Answers about the new ban on this page (niacouncil.org/noban) shortly. It will be updated frequently as the situation evolves, so please bookmark it.

We face a difficult road ahead but are confident through legal, political, and grassroots pressure we can once again put a freeze on Trump’s ban and ultimately dismantle it. But we need your support if we are going to succeed. Please donate $100, $250, or $500 today so that we have the resources needed to win.

In these challenging times, it takes an organized, motivated community to fight for our rights. We are not going to let Trump target the right’s of our community or any other community, and we’re glad to have your support and participation for the battle ahead.

Tell Trump: “No Backdoor Muslim Ban!”

 

Donald Trump’s illegal Muslim Ban Executive Orders have been knocked down by the courts twice. Now he is trying another way to implement his discriminatory agenda: new “extreme vetting” requirements in visa applications.

If approved, this policy would be devastating for our communities. It would let the Trump Administration gather huge amounts of personal data about visa applicants, including their social media history for the past five years and their travel history for the past fifteen years. The Trump Administration would then be able to use this vast amount of information to reject visas; if they wrongly reject someone’s visa application, it is very hard to fight that decision.

Collecting this social media information is particularly frightening. We have already seen cases where visas were denied because U.S. government officials misunderstood innocent social media posts. Collecting this information on such a vast scale is sure to lead to widespread rejection of visas for inappropriate reasons, and the language about who can be targeted for this information collection is so broad that it can encompass huge groups of people. Given this administration’s unchecked xenophobia and Islamophobia, this policy is sure to be used very heavily against Iranians and other individuals from countries targeted by Trump’s Muslim Ban Executive Order.

The Trump Administration is once again trying to push a Muslim Ban, this time by calling it “extreme vetting.” We should not be fooled. Take action today to protect our communities from this Backdoor Ban!

Urge Congress to Stand Against White Supremacists in the White House

 

The violence and hatred we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend was shocking. And the fact that it took Donald Trump three days to half-heartedly condemn it, before then saying that there were ”very fine people on both sides” of the protests, is outrageous and deeply disturbing.

With Trump abetting these horrific groups, we must urge members of Congress to take a strong and unequivocal stand against white-supremacy and neo-Nazis and condemn Trump’s failure of leadership, including by passing a resolution to officially censure Trump for his inexcusable remarks. A resolution of censure has already been introduced in the House by Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Pramila Jayapal. 

There are individuals serving in our government, in Trump’s White House, who are actively working to turn the white supremacist vision of those who rallied in Charlottesville into official policy – Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Seb Gorka all need to be fired.

Already emailed your members of Congress? Call 1-844-ACT-NIAC (1-844-228-6422) to be connected with all of your lawmakers.

>> Take action today by ensuring your lawmakers stand against white supremacists in the White House and their bigoted agenda!

August 2017 Recess: Hold Congress Accountable

With Congress’ recent passage of new sanctions legislation and the Trump administration’s increasingly confrontational position towards Iran, the Iran nuclear deal is in jeopardy and the dangers of a U.S.-Iran confrontation are rising. Meanwhile, Trump continues to defend his ban against Iranians and the Supreme Court may side with him when it issues a final decision in the fall.

We need the many lawmakers who were supporters of the deal to defend it and pushback against those who want to start a war. We need our elected representatives to have our backs and fight to repeal Trump’s Muslim ban. And we need those lawmakers who favor killing the nuclear deal and banning our families to feel real political consequences from their voters.

As Members of Congress head to their districts for recess the month of August, we have a major opportunity to hold them accountable, press them to take action, and hear our voices this month at town hall meetings.

Attend a Town Hall

Visit TownHallProject.com and enter your zip code to find a town hall event with your Members of Congress.

NOTE: Sometimes town halls are announced well in advance, and sometimes, although they are technically “public,” only select constituents are notified about them shortly before the event. If you can’t find announcements online, call your member of Congress to find out directly (you can call Congress via 1-844-ACT-NIAC to be connected to your members of Congress). When you call, be friendly and say to the staffer, “Hi, I’m a constituent, and I’d like to know when his/her next town hall forum will be.” If they don’t know, ask to be added to the email list so that you get notified when they do. You can also stress how important it is to you that they hold a town hall for their constituents. (Source: Indivisible Guide)

You Found a Town Hall to Attend – Now What?

  1. Tell us if you’re planning to attend a town hall by filling out this form.
    • We will contact you and send you any resources you need – including printable signs, sample questions to ask, connecting you with any NIAC Action volunteers we have in your area and what to expect at the town hall.
  2. Make sure to note where the town hall is located, what time to arrive, directions, parking info and if you need to RSVP to attend. Invite other friends to join you, as well!

We must constantly be holding politicians accountable to the citizens whom they are elected to represent. A town hall meeting is your chance to confront your elected leaders about the issues you care about. YOU have the power to define the agenda and be heard. 

If you have any questions, please email mahsa@niacaction.org – Subject: Town Halls

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Bernie Stands Up to Trump’s Push to Kill the Iran Deal – Why Isn’t Your Legislator?

 

Our opponents are busy planting the seeds for Trump to kill the deal. We can defeat them, but only if we speak out and rally our champions like Senator Sanders to defend what we’ve fought so hard to achieve. 

Anyone who followed the lead up to the Iraq war should see the warning signs with Trump and Iran. Trump has said he expects to refuse to certify Iran’s compliance with the accord in October, a step that would almost certainly trigger the death of the deal. 

Fill out the form on the left to contact Congress now and tell YOUR lawmakers to speak out like Sen. Sanders to defend the Iran nuclear deal today!

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While many have been silent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has shown courage and leadership.

 

Republicans Just Voted to Keep the Muslim Ban

 

Send a message to the five Republican lawmakers who voted to keep banning our grandparents under Trump’s Muslim Ban.

We need to hold Representatives Culberson (TX-07), Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Valadao (CA-21), and Yoder (KS-03) accountable and show them that there will be political consequences for supporting Trump’s ban against our families.
 
This was the first time that Congress has held a single vote on Trump’s ban. An amendment was offered in the Appropriations committee to block any funding to impose the ban against family members of U.S. persons – including not just parents and children, but grandparents and other extended family members. 
 
Unfortunately, Representatives Culberson (TX-07), Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Valadao (CA-21), and Yoder (KS-03) voted against this amendment – and voted to allow Trump to use taxpayer dollars to ban our family members. 
 
This was a party-line vote, but lawmakers must understand that voting with Trump on the ban is a political liability. That starts by flooding their offices with emails and phone calls to tell them we will hold them accountable unless they decide to break with Trump against the ban.
 

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Iranians and nationals of five other nations will once again be barred from entering the country, with certain exceptions for those with “bona fide” relationships with individuals in the United States. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Trump this fall, the ban could be reinstated in full and result in an indefinite ban on Iranians.

Defeating the Muslim ban is going to take more than just legal challenges. Congress could end the ban right now if they had the political will. Our job is to make understand there will be political consequences if they avoid taking a stand on this issue. Contact Rep. Culberson and make your voice heard.

 

 

 

 

Email Texas Rep. John Culberson

 

Tell Rep. Culberson to Defund the Muslim Ban!

Your Congressman, Rep. John Culberson, could end the Muslim ban TODAY.

Rep. Mark Pocan will introduce an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill that would block any funding from being used to enforce the ban against our grandparents and other family members. 
 
Rep. Barbara Lee will introduce an amendment to block any funding for the entire ban.
 

Email Representative Culberson and urge him to pass these amendments. 

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Iranians and nationals of five other nations will once again be barred from entering the country, with certain exceptions for those with “bona fide” relationships with individuals in the United States. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Trump this fall, the ban could be reinstated in full and result in an indefinite ban on Iranians.

Defeating the Muslim ban is going to take more than just legal challenges. Congress could end the ban right now if they had the political will. Our job is to make understand there will be political consequences if they avoid taking a stand on this issue. Contact Rep. Culberson and make your voice heard.

 

 

 

 

Tweet at Key Members of Congress!

 

Tell Congress to Repeal the Ban on Grandparents!

Congress could end the Muslim ban TODAY.

Rep. Mark Pocan will introduce an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill that would block any funding from being used to enforce the ban against our grandparents and other family members. 
 
Rep. Barbara Lee will introduce an amendment to block any funding for the entire ban.
 

Tweet at House Appropriations Republicans and urge them to pass these amendments. 

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DONATE to help us stop Trump’s ban!

Help us mobilize the Iranian-American community and American public against Trump’s ban! Donate today >>


Iranians and nationals of five other nations will once again be barred from entering the country, with certain exceptions for those with “bona fide” relationships with individuals in the United States. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Trump this fall, the ban could be reinstated in full and result in an indefinite ban on Iranians.

Defeating the Muslim ban is going to take more than just legal challenges. Congress could end the ban right now if they had the political will. Our job is to make understand there will be political consequences if they avoid taking a stand on this issue. Contact Congress and make your voice heard.

 

 

 

 

Stop Trump’s Muslim Ban – Demand Congressional Action!

 

The Supreme Court just reinstated Trump’s Muslim Ban.

Congress could end the Muslim ban TODAY but has failed to vote on legislation to repeal the ban. Urge your Senators and Representative to pass existing legislation that will rescind the Muslim Ban. Want to do more? You can call your Members of Congress, too.

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Help us mobilize the Iranian-American community and American public against Trump’s ban! Donate today >>


Iranians and nationals of five other nations will once again be barred from entering the country, with certain exceptions for those with “bona fide” relationships with individuals in the United States. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Trump this fall, the ban could be reinstated in full and result in an indefinite ban on Iranians.

It is time for Congress to stop dodging responsibility and do its job. Congress could end the Muslim ban TODAY but has failed to vote on legislation to repeal the ban. In fact, Congress has not held even a single hearing to evaluate Trump’s ban.

Contact your lawmakers TODAY to urge them for a vote to stop the ban. Our lawmakers must understand – they represent US, their voters and constituents, not Donald Trump. You can email and call your Members of Congress to build pressure for a vote.

 

 

 

 

Take Action: Rep. Rohrabacher Must Apologize!

Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), who represents more Iranian Americans than nearly any other lawmaker in the House of Representatives, suggested on Thursday that the recent ISIS terror attacks in Tehran were a positive development during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Hezbollah:

“We have recently seen an attack on Iran, and the Iranian government – the mullahs, I believe that Sunni forces have attacked them,” stated Rohrabacher. He then asked the panel, “Isn’t it a good thing for us to have the United States finally backing up Sunnis who will attack Hezbollah and the Shiite threat to us, isn’t that a good thing? And if so, maybe…this is a Trump strategy of actually supporting one group against another.”

As a voter in or near Rohrabacher’s district, you must make your voice heard. Take action using the tool on this page to email Rohrabacher. 

Follow up action: Call 1-844-ACT-NIAC (1-844-228-6422) to be connected to Rohrabacher’s office to call for him to retract and apologize for his remarks

See our write-up on the shocking exchange, and then let Rep. Rohrabacher know that this is unacceptable and that he should immediately apologize for his outrageous cheerleading of terror!

  

Tweet and Call: Congress should not pass sanctions after Tehran attacks!

 

Today, Senator Bernie Sanders called on Congress to delay a vote on Iran sanctions and condemned the Tehran Attacks:

Take Action! Don’t let Congress pass Iran sanctions on the day of Tehran Attacks!

Today we stand in solidarity with the people of Iran following the heinous ISIS terror attack. Our statement from this morning is here.

Unfortunately, the Senate had planned to begin voting on new Iran sanctions today. The sanctions are deplorable on their own, but timing of this vote could not be more inappropriate.

Read about the sanctions legislation: “S. 722 Endangers U.S. Troops and Pushes Trump to Violate the Iran Nuclear Deal” >>

Moments ago, Senator Bernie Sanders went to the floor to call for the sanctions vote to be delayed in light of the attacks. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Murphy did the same, but more Senators need to follow suit.

Now we need you to weigh in. Please take a moment to contact your Senators NOW to urge them to halt the Iran sanctions vote. The two most effective ways to do this are via a phone call and via Twitter – we have setup the tools for you to do both below.

Take Action: Say No to Extreme Vetting!

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Tell the Trump administration NO to a Muslim ban through “extreme vetting.”


Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson just unveiled their proposal for “extreme vetting” that could target Iranians seeking to come to the United States. While Trump has been unable to clear his despicable Muslim ban through the courts, he and his administration are now seeking new ways to prevent our friends and loved ones from Iran from visiting us in the U.S.

We have an opportunity to weigh in and send a deafening message to Trump that this will not stand. The Trump administration is legally required to accept public comment on its proposed “extreme vetting” proposal questions through May 18th. We need to send a powerful message that the American people – including the Iranian-American community – stands united against Trump’s anti-Iranian, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideology.

Take action today to tell the Trump administration “NO” to a Muslim ban through “extreme vetting.”

Trump’s “extreme vetting” proposal includes broad new authorities to reject visas for certain travelers. Most shockingly, it would require certain visa applicants to provide all of their social media history over the past five years. When the U.S. starts giving consular officers broad, undefined authorities to block visas based on a person’s Facebook posts, there is no telling how this power will be used. Will visas be denied for people who have made social media posts critical of Trump or his policies?

The proposal also requires applicants to provide fifteen years of personal history – including their employment history, places they have travelled or lived, and how they funded such travel. If an applicant is unable to provide full information about a vacation they had over a decade ago, there is a chance they would be rejected. Giving such broad license to reject visa applicants is an invitation for abuse. Much of this proposal is still being kept a secret, but if the Trump administration’s actions thus far are any indication, “extreme vetting” is going to be exploited to target ordinary Iranians and keep people from Muslim-majority countries out of this country.

Trump hasn’t been able to ram his Muslim ban through the courts, so his administration is trying to impose it through other means – including this “extreme vetting” proposal. We need to sound the alarm on these efforts if we are going to stop him. Your efforts can make a difference, please submit your public comment against Trump’s “extreme vetting” right away.

Federal Register: Notice of Information Collection Under OMB Emergency Review >>

Reuters: State Dept. Seeks Tougher Visa Scrutiny, Including Social Media Checks. Read More >>