Updates

  • NIAC Action Response to Passing of Deeply Flawed Sanctions Bill (S.722) May 25, 2017
    NIAC Action Press ReleaseNIAC Action Press Release
    Washington, DC – NIAC Action issued the following statement in response to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s mark-up and passage of S. 722, the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017, by an 18-3 vote:
  • S. 722 Violates the Iran Nuclear Deal & Endangers U.S. Troops May 10, 2017
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    S. 722 – the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 – introduced by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), is the first new Iran sanctions bill that has a serious chance of passing into law since the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). While ...
  • Take Action: Say No to Extreme Vetting! May 4, 2017
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    The Department of State has issued a collection request for public comment to the Office of Management and Budget regarding changes to the visa application process that would constitute extreme vetting. The National Iranian American Council opposes such changes and urges its members to submit a public comment against the ...
  • NIAC Action Hiring Southern California Field Organizer April 14, 2017
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    NIAC seeks a Southern California Field Organizer with organizing experience who is passionate about mobilizing the Iranian American community around issues including protecting civil rights and preventing war.
  • Memo: The Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1698) April 4, 2017
    Tyler CullisTyler Cullis
    On March 23, 2017, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1698) was introduced by Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA-39), Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23), and Steny Hoyer (D-MD-5). The bill amends the Iran Sanctions Act to mandate the President to impose sanctions on parties providing support ...
  • Former Official Highlights Risks of Iran Sanctions Bill S. 722 March 31, 2017
    Ryan CostelloRyan Costello
    Colin Kahl, former Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President under the Obama administration, highlighted his concerns with Iran sanctions bill S. 722 (the ‘Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017’) in a panel discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies this ...
  • Background on the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S. 722) March 30, 2017
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    S. 722 would limit the President’s ability to adhere to U.S. commitments under the JCPOA. Specifically, § 8 of the bill would require the President to provide certification that a person designated pursuant to EO 13382 and 13224 has not engaged in activities for which they were designated for ...
  • Memo: S. 722 Would Designate IRGC a Terror Group March 28, 2017
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    The ‘‘Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017’’ (S. 722) would mandate that the President designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organization.     According to Section 5 of the bill, “Imposition of Terrorism-Related Sanctions with Respect to the IRGC,” the IRGC would be sanctioned pursuant to Executive Order 13224 ...
  • Tell Your Senators: Protect diplomacy with Iran! March 27, 2017
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    Don’t let Congress pass new sanctions! Donald Trump is taking this country down a very dangerous path by following the Saudis back down the perilous path to war with Iran. Please take action today before it is too late: use the below link to email and, even better, call your Senators ...
  • New Senate Sanctions Risks Killing JCPOA, Putting US on War Path March 23, 2017
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    Washington, DC – NIAC Action issued the following statement regarding the introduction of new Iran sanctions legislation in the Senate: The ‘Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017’ would risk killing the JCPOA and undoing the restrictions in place on Iran’s nuclear program and could very well provoke a military confrontation ...
  • No Ban Norooz: Delivering Sweets to End Hate. #MuslimBan March 16, 2017
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      “No-rooz” means “New day,” and is Iran’s secular New Year holiday, dating back over four thousand years to Zoroastrian traditions. We offer traditional Iranian cookies to family and friends to bring sweetness to their lives in the new year… unfortunately, Iranians have tasted bitterness instead this year, thanks to the ...
  • Stop Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0! March 14, 2017
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    Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order barring Iranians and other nationalities that is as dire and draconian as any of us could have anticipated.
  • Muslim Ban 2.0 Undermines American Interests March 8, 2017
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    On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” barring entry into the U.S. for foreign nationals from six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Still a Muslim Ban, Still Permanent The Trump Administration is fulfilling its ...
  • Sessions May Have Committed Perjury on Muslim Ban As Well March 2, 2017
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    Washington, DC – NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement: “NIAC Action is concerned that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have misled the Senate Judiciary Committee in his confirmation hearing with regard to his role in planning and drafting President Trump’s executive order banning individuals from seven ...
  • NIAC Action Hiring Immigration and Civil Rights Legal Fellow February 24, 2017
    David ElliottDavid Elliott
    The Legal Fellow will forge relationships and provide expertise on immigration and civil rights issues to advance NIAC’s policy goals.