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Mar

Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress

Washington, DC – Yesterday, A bipartisan group of Senators introduced new sanctions legislation targeting Iran for its for ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran, and human rights violations. The Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 was introduced Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the chairman of the Senate...
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29
Mar

PAAIA Joins Call for Congressional Oversight Over the Travel Ban

Washington, DC – On March 10th, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) joined a coalition letter, led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), calling for Congressional oversight over President Trump’s immigration executive orders. While the ban has been temporarily suspended under judicial review, PAAIA continues its efforts to oppose this discriminatory measure and therefore...
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29
Mar

PAAIA Celebrates Nowruz with Iranian American Organization Coalition and on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, DC – Along with six prominent Iranian American organizations based in the Washington, DC region, PAAIA co-hosted a Nowruz Celebration on March 15th, 2017 at the iconic National Museum of Women in the Arts. For photos of this event, please click here.  PAAIA would like to thank National Leadership Circle Member Houri Khalilian for inviting Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to...
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29
Mar

PAAIA Hosts Annual Nowruz Celebration on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, DC – On March 20th, 2017, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) hosted its annual Nowruz reception on Capitol Hill. Fourteen members of Congress, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, attended the reception, as well as more than 200 Congressional staff and special guests. PAAIA’s annual Nowruz reception on Capitol Hill is part of its broader...
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29
Mar

Legislation Commemorating the Iranian New Year Introduced in Congress

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...
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29
Mar

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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29
Mar

Iranian American Orgs File Federal Challenge to Trump Travel Ban 2.0

IRANIAN AMERICAN ORGS FILE FEDERAL COURT 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...
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29
Mar

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...
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29
Mar

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...
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29
Mar

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...
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