House Bill Threatens to Restrict Iranian-American Travel to Europe

DSC_6107 copy 3

Update: Unfortunately, the House of Representatives took a page from Donald Trump today and voted for legislation that discriminates against certain dual nationals by barring them from the visa waiver program. Under the bill, dual nationals from Iraq, Syria, Iran and Sudan would be barred from entering the country without a visa, in addition to any citizens who have visited those countries in the past five years. This proposal will not make our country safer, it compromises our core values and risks discriminating against American citizens.

“If this bill passes into law, the European Union has warned that it will consider travel restrictions targeting American citizens because the visa waiver program operates on the system of reciprocity. This could mean that a second tier of American citizens, including Iranian Americans, would be forced to apply for a visa to travel to many nations in Europe and other eligible countries.
“We hope the Senate revises this legislation so that it does not discriminate on the basis of national origin or risk triggering unequal treatment of American citizens traveling abroad by rejecting this backward proposal.”

NIAC Action released the following statement regarding H.R.158, legislation that would revise the Visa Waiver Program which is scheduled for a vote on Wednesday, December 8 2015.

“This is an outrageous bill that threatens to block Iranian Americans from traveling to Europe under the Visa Waiver Program. It risks creating a separate class of American citizen . An American passport is an American passport regardless of the ethnicity or national origin of the person holding it.

“H.R.158 would prevent Iranian dual-nationals living abroad, as well as foreign nationals who have visited Iran since March 2011, from traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program without a visa.

“Given that the Visa Waiver Program is reciprocal, participating countries can respond by blocking Iranian-American travelers from traveling without a visa. Since Iran considers any children whose fathers are Iranian nationals to also be Iranian nationals, a wide swath of the Iranian diaspora may be targeted by this legislation.

“This is a dangerous, slippery slope. The bill undermines American values and threatens to codify discrimination against Iranian Americans, as well as Arab and Sudanese Americans.

“In the face of terrorism, Americans must stand united – not divided based on their national background. In the horrific attacks in San Bernardino, one of the victims was an Iranian American woman who came to the U.S. to escape religious persecution. The very first first-responder on the scene was an Iranian American swat-team medic who had fought in the Iran-Iraq war. Meanwhile, the Iranian people are one of the most pro-American groups in the region – Iranians held candlelight vigils for the victims of the September 11 attacks, and recently again for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

“At a time when the United States should be working to build bridges with the Iranian people, who have added so much to the fabric of American life, Congress appears intent on tearing those bridges down. It is time for our legislators to take a stand against fear-mongering and block this discriminatory bill.”

Comments are closed.

Austrian Flag
Bild aus dem Parlament

Advertising? Werbung? Click on the picture below. Klicken Sie auf das Bild unten. kawther [dot] salam [at] gmail [dot] com


Advertising? Werbung? Click on the picture below. Klicken Sie auf das Bild unten. kawther [dot] salam [at] gmail [dot] com

Related Books

Support this site by buying these books at Amazon. Thank you!

Der Stephansplatz

Der Stephansplatz

Johann Strauß

Johann Strauß



Nikon (57)

Kurpark Oberlaa


Verbrechen in Israel

Add to Netvibes Creative Commons License