No President Has the Right to Discriminate Against and Ban People Traveling to the U.S. Because of Their Religion or Nationality
(2/25/21, Washington, D.C.) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged all Americans to contact their U.S. Representative to support the newly reintroduced NO BAN Act. Sponsored by Congresswoman Judy Chu and 137 original co-sponsors, the act would prohibit future presidential administrations from banning travelers to the United States like the previous administration’s discriminatory Muslim and African Bans.
First introduced in the last Congressional session by Rep. Chu and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), the NO BAN Act would:
- Broaden the language of the nondiscrimination provision of the Immigration and National Act (INA) to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion and in the administration of nonimmigrant visa issuance and entry;
- Require that suspensions on entry to the United States are based on credible facts, that the restriction on entry of any aliens or class of aliens addresses specific acts that undermine the security or public safety of the United States, human rights, democratic processes or institutions or international stability;
- Ensure that the suspension is narrowly tailored to address a compelling government interest, using the least restrictive means possible;
- Require the President to consult with the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security before suspending entry of individuals or a class of individuals; and
- Require a congressional briefing within 48 hours of announcing the suspension, and an updated briefing every 30 days for as long as the suspension is in place.
The NO BAN Act passed in the House of Representatives on July 22, 2020 with a bipartisan vote of 233-183.
“While President Joe Biden’s termination of the previous administration’s Muslim and African Ban was a welcomed first step – now it is up to Congress to ensure no future president has the authority to create another discriminatory travel ban,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw. “CAIR is encouraging every American to urge their member of Congress to support the NO BAN Act.”
First authorized on January 27, 2017, the Muslim ban was amended several times to place varying levels of discriminatory travel restrictions on mostly Muslim and African citizens and government officials from Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen.
Because of the ban families have been ripped apart, students have been deprived of educational opportunities, the sick have been blocked from receiving treatment, talented workers have lost out on jobs, and refugees have been trapped in dangerous conditions.
On January 20, CAIR welcomed President Joe Biden’s termination — on his first day in office — of the previous administration’s discriminatory Muslim and African Bans.
A welcomed first step, CAIR believes that the Biden administration and Congress are now responsible for determining how to holistically address the damage already done by the Muslim ban and how to help those who were denied entry into the United States.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.