(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/16/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on every American to urge their member of the U.S. House Representatives to vote “YES” for the NO BAN Act (H.R.2214) – a comprehensive bill repealing the Muslim Ban. The act has been scheduled for a floor vote in the House on Wednesday, July 22.
TAKE ACTION: Urge Your Member of Congress to Vote “YES” And Repeal the #MuslimBan #AfricanBan on July 22nd
The NO BAN Act vote was previously scheduled for March on the House floor, but the vote was delayed as Congress recessed due to outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S.
The NO BAN Act includes three critical components to fighting the Muslim 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.
Prior to the act being rescheduled, CAIR joined fellow members of the No Muslim Ban Ever Coalition on Capitol Hill in a congressional action calling for a vote on No Ban Act.
On January 31, the Trump Administration expanded the Muslim Ban to Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.
For 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.
In September 2019, 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.
Since its introduction, the NO BAN Act has gone through several changes. The act itself 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.
Congressional leaders also amended the act to address COVID-19 by reiterating presidential authority can be invocated to prevent the spread of “communicable disease” as defined by regulation. CAIR and many other civil rights organizations disagree with those changes given the long history and stigma of immigrants be wrongly labeled as health risks which result in discriminatory policies. The Trump administration has repeatedly invoked Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for COVID-19 related visa bans.
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.