Congressman to Reintroduce Legislation Barring Travel From Iran

Ask your member of Congress to oppose the STEP Act Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (R-SC/3rd) announced his plans to reintroduce the Stop Terrorists Entry Program Act (STEP) into the House of Representatives, a bill he originally introduced in 2003. According to a press release from Congressman Barrett’s office, the STEP Act would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to bar the entry of individuals to the United States from countries that are State Sponsors of Terrorism, including Iran, as well as Yemen. If enacted, the proposed legislation could effectively forbid all Iranians from immigrating, visiting, or studying in the United States. Individuals seeking political or religious asylum as well as those requiring emergency medical treatment may be exempt from the provisions. The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) strongly favors taking appropriate and necessary measures to protect the national security of the United States. However, PAAIA is concerned that a member of the U.S. Congress plans to introduce legislation that effectively could ban individuals from coming to America based on their nationality. Such proposed legislation is not only discriminatory but also has the potential to encourage xenophobia and hatred. The STEP Act is not only damaging to America’s reputation, it is also extremely offensive to the Iranian American community. Iranian Americans are hard working, law abiding citizens who have done much to strengthen the economic and soc… >>>

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