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.