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Rep. Bass Joins Rep. Chu In Reintroducing NO BAN Act to Prevent Future Muslim Bans

February 26, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) joined Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) in reintroducing the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act. This bill, cosponsored by 137 House members and led in the Senate by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), strengthens the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, and restores the separation of powers by limiting overly broad executive authority to issue future travel bans. Supporters of the NO BAN Act issued the following statements:

Organizational Endorsements

Ryan Costello, Policy Director of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) Action: "The Iranian-American community knows all too well the damage of the Muslim ban and the horrific precedent it set. 30,000 Iranians were denied a visa solely due to Trump's bigotry, separating families and loved ones and deferring dreams for four long years. It is vital that Congress work with the administration to redress this harm, including by passing Rep. Chu's NO BAN Act to ensure that no President has the unchecked authority to institute such discriminatory orders ever again."

Muslim Advocates Executive Director Farhana Khera: “President Biden’s executive order ending the Muslim Ban was a necessary first step but as Muslims, Africans and other communities of color await their previously denied visas, they also live under the threat that a future president may revive the Muslim and African Ban. That is why Congress must pass the NO BAN Act, a historic Muslim civil rights bill that will close dangerous loopholes in our immigration laws and ensure that no future president can enact discriminatory immigration bans again. Thank you, Rep. Chu, Sen. Coons and so many allies who are working hard to ensure that our communities don’t have to experience again the trauma of being banned and separated from their families.”

 

Manar Waheed, Senior Legislative and Advocacy Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union: In a moment when Black and Brown immigrants continue to bear the brunt of our broken system, the introduction of the NO BAN Act is a welcome change, signaling the importance of protecting us all against future discriminatory bans. President Biden made the rescission of the Muslim ban and its targeting of Africans a Day One priority for his administration, and Representative Chu and the House of Representatives today made it their priority to ensure that this discrimination never happens against our communities again. We hope that this bill marks the beginning of a new chapter in which Black and Brown immigrants, including Muslims, are priorities for us all.

 

Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center: “As we begin to redress the many harms of the Muslim and African Bans, the NO BAN Act will help ensure the pain inflicted by these shameful bans never happens again. Representative Chu’s leadership on this bill – and the Biden administration’s decision to include it in its immigration bill – demonstrates a serious commitment to ensuring that, beyond just repealing prior bans, we prevent any future abuse of dangerously overbroad executive powers that allowed for these bans to be issued in the first place. The NO BAN Act will make sure no president can weaponize this power to discriminatorily ban people from coming here based solely on their national origin or religion. We thank Rep. Chu for her leadership in bringing the bill forward and urge Congress to pass it swiftly. We look forward to partnering with Congress and the Biden administration to also ensure that individuals denied entry under these discriminatory bans can finally be reunited with loved ones and welcomed in the U.S.”

Leila Austin, Executive Director of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA): “The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) commends Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and her congressional colleagues for prioritizing reintroduction of the NO BAN Act. This legislation offers closure for so many vulnerable communities that were negatively impacted by the discriminatory Travel Ban. For Iranian Americans, the NO BAN Act provides reassurance that no president can ever again abuse their power to enact such an unjust policy. I urge Congress to move swiftly to pass the NO BAN Act to ensure that this unthinkable chapter of American history remains behind us.”

Wa'el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage Action: "Over the past four years, the ban has separated families, promoted divisive rhetoric hostile to Muslims, and irrevocably damaged communities of color from all over the world. While we celebrate President Biden's repeal of the Muslim Ban, the work does not stop here: the passage of the No Ban Act is crucial to ensuring that no future president has the authority to institute such a ban. We urge Congress to take action to ensure that no future administration can abuse their executive powers and institute such a ban in the future." -

Original Co-Sponsors of the NO BAN Act: Reps. Nadler, Lofgren, Omar, Tlaib, Carson, Beyer, Demings, Meeks, Maloney (Carolyn), Espaillat, McCollum, McGovern, Schakowsky, Gallego, Johnson (Hank), DeGette, Foster, Stevens, Evans, Castro, Clarke, Velazquez, Sherman, Cooper, Jayapal, Blumenauer, Scanlon, Quigley, Moore, Watson Coleman, Meng, Bonamici, Malinowski, McEachin, Connolly, Boyle, Barragan, Hastings, Garcia (Chuy), Pallone, Sires, Horton, Raskin,  Tonko, Napolitano, Escobar, Lieu, Pressley, Lee, Cohen, Dingell, Vargas, Keating, Lowenthal, Gomez, Carbajal, Langevin, Welch, Correa, Pingree, Trahan, Titus, Smith (Adam), Beatty, Cleaver, Suozzi, Pascrell, Kildee, Krishnamoorthi, Neguse, Spanberger, Lawrence, Ross, Kelly (Robin), Stanton, Green, Takano, Torres (Norma), Gomez, Eshoo, Price, Hayes, Schrier, Davis, Pocan, McBath, Kim, Speier, Bush, Garcia (Sylvia), Bera, Dean, Swalwell, Sewell, Strickland, Jones, Williams, Khanna, Levin (Mike), Aguilar, Bass, McNerney, Payne, Torres (Ritchie), Matsui, Panetta, Trone, Ocasio-Cortez, Kirkpatrick, Huffman, Costa, DelBene, Cardenas, Ruiz, Himes, Garamendi, Deutch, Butterfield, Wild, Kaptur, Sarbanes, Cicilline, Veasey, Grijalva, Rice (Kathleen), Luria, Thompson (Mike), and Clark

Endorsed By: Muslim Advocates, Asian American Advancing Justice- AAJC, NIAC Action, American Civil Liberties Union, National Immigration Law Center, American Humanist Association & Center for Freethought Equality, Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, People For the American Way, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Church World Service, Emgage, Council on American-Islamic Relations, HIAS, Poligon Education Fund, ICNA Council for Social Justice, Sisters of St. Agnes, Brennan Center for Justice, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Interfaith Alliance, National Council of Jewish Women, Inc., Friends Committee on National Legislation, and American Muslim Empowerment Network