Home committee advances invoice stopping a future president from enacting one other Muslim ban

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“Muslim Advocates has labored with members of Congress to assist [the] invoice and likewise leads the NO BAN Act coalition, an alliance of over 100 numerous civic, civil rights, religion and neighborhood organizations combating to finish the ban and move the NO BAN Act,” the group said. The group famous that over 400 group signed onto a letter resulting in the committee listening to urging legislators advance the invoice.

Regrettably, the Muslim Ban validated the worst stereotypes about Muslims; that they’re inherently overseas and violent and pose such a menace to the US they need to be banned,” that letter stated. “The ban on Muslims got here after generations of politicians hostile to spiritual minorities have tried to ban Jews, Catholics, and Latter-day Saints. Congress now has a chance to take motion in opposition to this troubling historical past by sending a robust message that our nation rejects spiritual bigotry.”

The earlier occupant of the White Home subsequently widened his discriminatory ban to quite a lot of African nations, together with Nigeria and Eritrea. “Media retailers have primarily framed this as a ‘new U.S. travel ban or a ‘travel ban extension,’ however Black immigrants are calling it what it’s: an Africa ban,” Tina Vasquez wrote for Prism final 12 months.

“That is an Africa ban and we have to discuss it that manner,” Black Alliance for Simply Immigration organizer and Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Mission steering committee member Zack Mohamed informed Vasquez on the time. “This ban stops Black individuals’s means to maneuver freely and this newest Africa ban but once more sends the clear message that Black immigrants usually are not welcome within the U.S. Their faith is just not welcome. They aren’t welcome.” The Council on American-Islamic Relations said that ”[b]ecause of the ban, households have been ripped aside, college students have been disadvantaged of academic alternatives, the sick have been blocked from receiving remedy, proficient employees have misplaced out on jobs, and refugees have been trapped in harmful situations.”

The NO BAN Act’s preliminary passage within the Home final 12 months was historic, turning into the “first ever handed by a chamber of Congress to particularly affirm the civil rights of American Muslims,” Muslim Advocates govt director Farhana Khera said on the time. The invoice handed the Home in July, with just two Republicans joining Democrats, however then stalled within the Senate as a result of Republican leaders.

Biden pledged during the 2020 race to signal the invoice ought to it come to his desk. Then in February, California Rep. Judy Chu and Delaware Sen. Chris Coons reintroduced the laws.

“At the moment’s vote is a needed step towards stopping presidents from abusing immigration legal guidelines as a way to discriminate in opposition to Black and Brown immigrants, together with Muslims,” said American Civil Liberties Union senior legislative and advocacy counsel Manar Waheed. “The Home should now swiftly convey the NO BAN Act to the ground to take the following step in defending Black and Brown immigrants in opposition to discrimination.”

In an announcement recognizing the Holy Month of Ramadan, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged to pass the invoice this month. “The Muslim Ban was a hateful stain on our nation,” Chu said when reintroducing the invoice in February. “Impressed solely by bigotry and never any real nationwide safety issues, the ban served solely to separate households whereas stoking bigotry, xenophobia, and Islamophobia. That’s the reason I used to be so grateful when President Joe Biden took motion on his first day in workplace to rescind all variations of this ban. Nonetheless, we can not danger letting prejudice grow to be coverage once more.”