The Iran Lobby’s Next Move: Undermining U.S. Border Security

Having devoted itself to orchestrating and campaigning for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), a Washington-based organization with close ties to the regime in Tehran, has now turned its attention to easing restrictions on Iranians seeking to enter the U.S. Jordan Schachtel writes:

The . . . Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 passed in the House with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 407 to 19.

The new law tightens the already-established U.S. Visa-Waiver Program (VWP) to prohibit some Iranian, Syrian, Sudanese, and Iraqi nationals from entering the United States, recognizing that the citizens of these nations come from war-torn states and live under the control of anti-American . . . regimes and Islamic insurgencies. The Iranian regime fiercely opposes the measure. Tehran has accused AIPAC and other “Zionist” entities of being behind the measure.

Though the bill received almost unanimous support from the public at large and in the halls of Congress, NIAC has implemented the same strategy it used in garnering support for the Iran deal. It has described the bill as “racist” and “discriminatory,” and has called upon Congress and the president to revoke the national-security legislation. It has achieved some success thus far.

Members of Congress have alleged that the Obama administration—which remains close with NIAC (and employs a NIAC alumna, Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, as the National Security Council’s director for Iran)—is carving loopholes into the waiver restrictions, specifically for Iranian nationals.

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What’s the Purpose of the Hamas Chairman’s Grand Tour?

Dec. 12 2019

Egypt recently made the unusual decision to allow the head of the Hamas politburo, Ismail Haniyeh, to travel abroad. On Tuesday he was in Turkey, from where he is expected to travel to Qatar—these two countries being Hamas’s most reliable supporters—and then to Russia and Malaysia. Hamas’s other major patron, Iran, is conspicuously not on the itinerary. Shahar Klaiman speculates about the reasons for Cairo’s decision:

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