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CAIR Action Alert: Urge U.S. House Leadership to Reschedule NO BAN ACT Vote

  • Act that would repeal President Trump’s Muslim Ban was removed from today’s House calendar for a floor vote
  • CAIR Seeks Speaker Pelosi Majority Leader Hoyer to recommit to rescheduling a vote on the NO BAN Act

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/12/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to recommit to rescheduling a vote to secure the passage of Rep. Judy Chu’s National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act or the NO BAN Act – a comprehensive bill repealing the Muslim Ban.

CAIR is also calling on all Americans to take action and ask their member of Congress to support the immediate rescheduling of this important measure.

Take Action: Urge Your Member of Congress to Support Placing the NO BAN Act Back on the House Calendar

https://www.votervoice.net/CAIR/campaigns/72455/respond

The NO BAN Act was previously slotted on the U.S. House floor schedule to be voted on today. Congress is expected to break early for a previously scheduled weeklong recess. Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer have not yet publicly recommitted to rescheduling a vote for the NO BAN Act.

The NO BAN Act includes three critical components to fighting the Ban:

  • It repeals each iteration of the Muslim Ban – including one that specifically targeted refugees for extreme vetting – as well as an asylum ban issued after the Supreme Court’s ruling and that relied on the same authority as the Muslim Ban;
  • It amends the Immigration Nationality Act’s nondiscrimination provision to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on religion and to apply all nondiscrimination protections to immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants alike;
  • It responsibly limits overly broad executive authority to issue future bans by, among other things, imposing stricter requirements and mandatory reporting to Congress.

The NO BAN Act has been merged with Washington Representative Pramila Jayapal’s Access to Counsel Act of 2020 – an act that would guarantee CBP and ICE provide persons detained for more than an hour in secondary screening access to their private legal counsel, including non-citizens and unaccompanied children, who may be detained at the U.S. border or ports-of-entry for long periods of time. CAIR is a supporter of the Access to Counsel Act.

Yesterday, CAIR joined fellow members of the No Muslim Ban Ever Coalition on Capitol Hill in a congressional action calling for vote on No Ban Act.

Video: CAIR Joins #NoMuslimBanEver Coalition in Congressional Action Calling for Vote on No Ban Act

BACKGROUND:

On January 31, the Trump Administration expanded the Muslim Ban to Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.

FULL VIDEO: CAIR, Civil Rights Partners Respond to Trump’s Expanded Muslim Ban

On Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria, the restrictions will apply to immigrant visas — for those seeking to live or work in the U.S. permanently. For Sudan and Tanzania, the restrictions are being placed on diversity visas. Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, North Korea, Yemen, and Somalia were already subject to the travel ban, and remain so.

On January 28, CAIR and other organizations took part in a court hearing and rally in Richmond Va., challenging the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban based on its discriminatory intent.

Video: Full News Conference Following Muslim Ban Court Hearing in Richmond, Va.

In September, CAIR submitted a written statement endorsing the NO BAN Act to a joint congressional oversight hearing on the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban by U.S. House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship and Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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