Today was a bad day for equal rights. If the House of Representatives gets its way, Iranian-Americans and others will be relegated to second-class citizens.
The House just passed by a disappointing vote of 407-19 the Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 158), which could negatively impact the travel rights of certain groups including Iranian-Americans. The bill now moves into the Senate for deliberation and voting. We need to mobilize to stop this prejudicial bill in its tracks.
The AIC strongly opposes these unfair and prejudicial clauses and calls on our elected representatives to amend the bill in order to uphold the rights of all Americans, including Iranian-Americans.
The House’s legislation would bar dual nationals from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria, as well as people who have travelled to those countries in the past five years, from using the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of 38 participating countries to travel to the U.S., Europe, Japan, and South Korea.
Because this bill discriminates on the basis of ethnicity and national origin, it is inconsistent with the equal protection clause in the U.S. Constitution. Send a strong message to your elected representative in the US Senate. Add your name to our petition to show that you opposed these discriminatory measures. Together, we can stop this discriminatory bill from becoming a law and harming you and the ones you love.
The American Iranian Council