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Rep. Chu and Sen. Coons Condemn Expansion of Trump’s Muslim Ban

January 31, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, the Trump Administration announced an expansion of the existing Muslim Ban to include six new countries: Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. Of these countries, Sudan and Kyrgyzstan are majority-Muslim, Eritrea and Tanzania are about half Muslim, Nigeria has the world’s 5th largest Muslim population and Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are currently experiencing a genocide, which this ban will make it harder to escape. The ban only restricts people who want to come to live in the United States permanently through family based immigration or the diversity lottery. Nonimmigrant visas for visitors, business, and people seeking medical treatment are unaffected. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), who introduced the NO BAN Act (H.R. 2214/S.1123)  in the House and Senate to repeal these bans, issued the following statements:

“Three years after the start of the first Muslim Ban, we see and hear the impact every day in the stories of loved ones and families unable to see each other simply because of their religion,” said Rep. Chu. “Now, doubling down on a failed policy, Donald Trump is exposing the truth about his war on immigrants by deliberately separating even more families. By specifically targeting permanent visas, which are used by families, and not impacting short-term visitor visas, this ban shows it was never about security, and always about keeping Muslims and people of color from having the same chance at the American Dream that everyone else has. If it were true that the ban was because of an inability to vet applicants, as the Administration claimed, then they would not have allowed short-term visas either. But this ban is looking to do what the first ban is already doing: keep families apart. And of course, we know that America has the ability to safely vet visa applicants because we have been doing so for years. That is why we need to pass the NO BAN Act immediately. This bill will repeal the President’s Muslim Ban and change the law so that any future ban must be based on evidence. I’m encouraged by Speaker Pelosi’s announcement that we will vote on this bill soon and I look forward to finally limiting the President’s authority to enact such cruel policies.”

“President Trump’s decision to expand his discriminatory Muslim ban not only abandons U.S. values and tears families apart, it is a grave foreign policy mistake. Targeting people from countries where pluralism is just taking root makes it more difficult to promote democratic values, encourage economic development, and attract talented people from all over the world,” said Sen. Coons. “We must pass the NO BAN Act to end this senseless policy and ensure our foreign policy and immigration policies are built on our values, not on fear.”