FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2019
Hayley Burgess, [email protected], 202-805-0375
No Ban Act Introduced in Congress to Repeal the Discriminatory Muslim Ban
WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) announced today the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act, or the “No Ban Act,” challenging the Trump administration’s Muslim ban. The ban, which has been in effect in one form or another since January 2017, has separated too many families and continues to have a devastating impact on American Muslim communities.
The No Ban Act would repeal each iteration of the Muslim ban, amend the Immigration and Nationality Act’s nondiscrimination provision to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on religion, and limit overreach by the federal government’s executive branch to introduce future, similar bans.
Avideh Moussavian, legislative director at the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:
“The Trump administration’s senseless and deeply racist ban is a moral stain on this nation. Since it went into effect, it has torn apart countless families, and it continues to keep people senselessly separated from their loved ones to this day.
“While the Trump administration is peddling fear-mongering, congressional leaders are taking an important step via the No Ban Act to fight for an affirmative blueprint for making our communities healthy, safe, and welcoming for all who call this country home.
“The Muslim ban — along with family separation, mass detention, limiting access to critical services, and countless other abhorrent policies — is yet another pillar of this administration’s extreme anti-immigrant agenda and stands in stark contrast to our nation’s most sacred values of inclusivity and religious freedom. We continue to stand proudly with refugees and the American Muslim community and will fight in the halls of Congress, in courtrooms, at the ballot box, and alongside our communities until there is no Muslim ban ever.”
More information about the No Ban Act is available at www.nilc.org/2019/04/10/congress-adds-voice-to-fight-against-muslim-ban/.