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NIAC Statement on Secretary Tillerson's Norooz Message

WASHINGTON - The National Iranian American Council released the following statement in response to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's message on Norooz:

"We welcome Secretary Tillerson's Norooz greeting and message that we 'look forward to celebrating this new spring together.' Our question is: how? Tillerson and the Trump administration's Muslim ban prevented us from being joined by our Iranian loved ones and friends this Norooz. It has blocked Iranian students from coming to American universities and prevented Iranian grandparents from meeting their newborn Iranian American grandchildren. In short, it has made this year's Norooz celebrations bittersweet. We hope that, in the spirit of the New Year, Tillerson and the Trump administration will rescind the Muslim ban and drop their efforts to contest it in court. Only then can we join together this spring to celebrate the new beginning represented by Norooz."
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