04
Apr

LEGISLATION COMMEMORATING THE IRANIAN NEW YEAR INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS

MARCH 21, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) introduced legislation in honor of the Iranian New Year into the Congress. The resolution recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year. In addition to commemorating the Nowruz...
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04
Apr

WE NEED TO PERMANENTLY STOP TRAVEL BAN 2.0!

WASHINGTON, DC – While PAAIA welcomes the two federal rulings blocking the Trump Administration’s revised travel ban 2.0, we will continue to work diligently to permanently stop this discriminatory measure. In his ruling, Judge Derrick K. Watson of Hawaii cited President Trump’s public comments as basis for blocking the ban. “A reasonable, objective observer would view even the new order as...
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04
Apr

IRANIAN AMERICAN ORGS FILE FEDERAL CHALLENGE TO TRUMP TRAVEL BAN 2.0

Complaint Outlines Devastating Impact of Travel Ban on Iranian-American Families Contact: Christy Setzer, christy@newheightscommunications.com or Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com, (301)-221-7984 March 15, 2017 Washington, DC —Four prominent Iranian-American organizations renewed their challenge to the Trump Administration’s illegal and unconstitutional policies, filing papers to take on the President’s revised “Travel Ban” Executive Order. The organizations, joined by over 20 individual plaintiffs, have updated...
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04
Apr

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ISSUES REVISED EXECUTIVE ORDER WITH BROAD EXEMPTION AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Trump unveiled an updated Immigration Ban Executive Order temporarily restricting nationals from six Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, from traveling to the United States. After the original Executive Order was suspended, the Trump Administration announced plans to revise the ban in an attempt to address legal challenges raised in federal courts. The release of...
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04
Apr

REPUBLICAN SENATORS GRAHAM AND MCCAIN CALL THE TRAVEL BAN A “HUGE MISSTEP” AND “TERRIBLE MISTAKE”

WASHINGTON, DC – While we wait for the Trump Administration to issue an updated travel ban that will likely restrict entry of Iranians into the United States, two Republican Senators, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, called the ban a “huge misstep” and a “terrible mistake.” Iranian American Army Veteran, Assal Ravandi, asked the Senators a question...
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04
Apr

IRANIAN AMERICAN ORGS ON RISE IN HATE CRIMES: TIME FOR LEADERS TO CONDEMN THESE INCIDENTS

Contact: ​Christy Setzer, christy@newheightscommunications.com or Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com, 301-221-7984 WASHINGTON, 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. In the Kansas bar shooting last week that took the life of one man of Indian descent and...
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04
Apr

RAISE YOUR VOICE! ATTEND YOUR CONGRESS MEMBERS’ PUBLIC EVENTS

Raise your voice! Congress needs to hear Iranian American voices opposing the Immigration Ban Executive Order.  The first District Work Week since President Trump’s inauguration takes place on February 18th – 26th. During this recess period, elected officials return to their districts to connect with their constituents. Please take advantage of this opportunity. Attend an event near you, or write...
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04
Apr

U.S. BUSINESS LEADERS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP: REFUGEES ENRICH AMERICA

Washington, DC – Eighty prominent industry professionals published an open letter to President Trump yesterday urging him to reconsider his Executive Order banning nationals from seven predominantly Muslim nations, including Iran, from entering the U.S. The signers comprise current and former leaders from seventy-seven companies across twelve industries. Among them is Iranian American Hamid Moghadam, Chairman...
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04
Apr

THANK YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FOR OPPOSING THE TRAVEL BAN

WASHINGTON, DC –Members of Congress have introduced legislation opposing President Trump’s discriminatory Executive Order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. While the ban has been temporarily suspended and is under judicial review, Members of Congress have an important role to play in shaping policy and public opinion on this matter. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)...
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04
Apr

UPDATE ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN: COURT RULING AND CONGRESSIONAL ACTION

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to reinstate President Trump’s Executive Order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. This decision enables those with visas from Iran to enter the country, and individuals deterred from obtaining their visa can now continue the application process. However, the Trump Administration has expressed plans to...
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