Introducing Legislation to Bar & Deport Iranians
National Iranian American Council / David Elliott
07-Jan-2010 (5 comments)

Congressman Gresham Barrett (R-SC has announced his intention to reintroduce legislation that would prohibit "the admission of aliens from countries designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism as well as Yemen to the United States."  The Stop Terrorist Entry Program (STEP) Act, first introduced in 2003, also would have required all persons from these countries on student visas, temporary work visas, exchange and tourist visas to leave the United States within 60 days, despite their legal status in the country.  Residents and nationals of Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen would be affected.

The bill makes an exception only in the cases of individuals who are seeking political or religious asylum, or who have immediate emergency medical needs. 


In response to Barrett's announcement, the National Iranian American Council has launched a campaign against the bill, saying it is "offensive to American principles, harmful to US interests, and discriminates against Iranians and Iranian Americans."  The group also noted that no Iranian has ever committed a terrorist act on American soil.

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The point of this campaign

by David Elliott on

Is to prove our community can stand up for itself so that legislation like this is never introduced again.

Over 1,000 people have signed on so far, but we need more to really make a statement. Spread the word. 


Barrett tried the same bill in 2003 & 2005 and now 2010 - ACT

by MM on

It looks like that is all this guy is sent to the congress to do. 

PTBA is right.  In his previous bills, Barrett wanted to deport all Iranian visitors as well as F1, H1 Iranian visa holders and ban the issuance of ALL visas to persons of Iranian origin.  You, your family or your friends may be here because this bill was defeated in previous rounds by the efforts of folks like NIAC with form-letters linked here, and talking with the other members.  So, if you do not want to go through NIAC, so be it.  Then, at least copy their form-letter and write the email/letter yourself without NIAC, but ACT

BTW, the bill does not include, you, me, nor Trita, but if your sister wants to come here next year for a visit, well maybe you will have to go visit her in ....


Already signed it.

by Bavafa on

But there are a few that their deportation would certainly make this country a better place and not all are Iranian citizen.



Mahmoud gashangeh

by Proud_To_Be_Anonymous on

This has nothing to do with NIAC or Trita.  This has to do with hundreds of Iranian students attending Stanford, Princeton, etc. who are among the most talented people on earth, who desire to serve free Iran some day, who would go to the streets of Tehran to participate in demonstrations against IRI regime.  Don't mix things up.  Distinguish fact from fiction.  


Perhaps Trita Parsi who does not have a green card

by mahmoudg on

Mr. Parsi needs to prove he is a citizen of the US or pack.......