House Judiciary Committee Advances NO BAN Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House Judiciary Committee passed the NO BAN Act, the bill introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Senator Chris Coons (DE) to prohibit discrimination in our immigration system on the basis of religion and restores the separation of powers by limiting the ability of future Presidents to issue similarly discriminatory travel bans. The bill will be sent to the floor of the House of Representatives, where a vote is expected in the near future.
The National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act is supported by 157 Members of the House; more than 400 civil rights, faith, national security, and community organizations; more than 50 immigration law professors; 19 state attorneys general; and several private companies. Rep. Chu and Sen. Coons issued the following statements:
“Today is a significant day for civil rights as the House Judiciary Committee advances a safeguard to prevent a return to the religious discrimination and intentional pain of the Trump era,” said Rep. Chu. “ To be clear, the Muslim Ban was never about protecting our borders. America has one of the strongest vetting systems globally, and we have demonstrated an exceptional ability to grant visas for visitors safely. Instead, it was just an excuse for Donald Trump to spread xenophobia and bigotry. That is why I am so grateful to President Biden for taking action on his first day in office to rescind all three versions of this ban. But we cannot risk a future president bringing back broad based bans against an entire group, just because of their religion. That is why the NO BAN Act includes a provision to update the law so no future president can use ‘border security’ as an excuse to implement a religious ban without evidence. I am delighted the House Judiciary Committee marked up and advanced this critical bill today, and I look forward to seeing it voted on in the House it in the coming weeks.”
“Today, we are one step closer to ensuring that no president can act through fear and prejudice to discriminate against a community of faith,” said Senator Coons. “The NO BAN Act reasserts not only the role of Congress under our system of checks and balances, but also the proud American legacy of welcoming immigrants and refugees. That’s why I’m glad to see it advance through the House Judiciary Committee thanks to the leadership of Congresswoman Chu, and I look forward to reintroducing this bill with renewed support in the Senate.”