The Home Committee is placing ahead a invoice stopping a future president from enacting one other Muslim ban
“Muslim Advocates worked with members of Congress to endorse the bill and also leads the NO BAN Act coalition, an alliance of over 100 different citizen, civil rights, faith and community organizations working to end the ban and fight the passage of the NO BAN Act, "the organization said. The group found that over 400 organizations signed a letter that led to the committee's hearing asking lawmakers to move on with the bill.
"Unfortunately, the Muslim ban confirmed the worst stereotypes about Muslims; that they are inherently alien and violent and pose such a threat to the United States that they should be banned, ”the letter reads. “The ban on Muslims came after generations of politicians hostile to religious minorities tried to ban Jews, Catholics and Latter-day Saints. Congress now has an opportunity to counter this troubling story by sending a strong message that our nation rejects religious bigotry. "
The former White House resident then extended his discriminatory ban to a number of African nations, including Nigeria and Eritrea. "The media have this primarily as "new US travel ban " or a & # 39;Extension of the travel ban"But black immigrants call it what it is: a ban on Africa," Tina Vasquez wrote for Prism last year.
"This is a ban on Africa and we have to talk about it that way," Zack Mohamed, organizer of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and a member of the steering committee of the Black LGBTQIA + Migrant Project, told Vasquez. "This ban prevents blacks from moving freely, and this recent Africa ban once again sends the clear message that black immigrants are not welcome in the US. Their religion is not welcome." You are not welcome. The American-Islamic Relations Council said: "[b] Because of the ban, families have been torn apart, students have been deprived of educational opportunities, the sick have been excluded from treatment, talented workers have lost their jobs, and refugees are trapped in dangerous conditions."
The first passage of the NO BAN Act in the House of Representatives last year was historic and "the first ever passed by a Chamber of Congress to explicitly affirm the civil rights of American Muslims," said Farhana Khera, executive director of Muslim Advocates. The bill was passed in July when only two Republicans joined the Democrats but then stalled due to Republican leaders in the Senate.
Biden promised to sign the bill during the 2020 race if it comes to his desk. Then in February, C.California MP Judy Chu and Delaware Senator Chris Coons reintroduced the legislation.
"Today's vote is a necessary step to prevent presidents from abusing immigration laws to discriminate against black and brown immigrants, including Muslims," said the American Civil Liberties Union Senior Legislative and Advocacy Counsel Manar Waheed. "The House now needs to quickly get the NO BAN Act on the ground to take the next step in protecting black and brown immigrants from discrimination."
In a statement in recognition of the holy month of Ramadan, House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi promised to pass the bill this month. "The Muslim ban has been a hateful stain on our nation," Chu said as he reintroduced the bill in February. “Inspired only by bigotry and not by real national security concerns, the ban served only to separate families and to stir up bigotry, xenophobia and Islamophobia. That is why I was so grateful when President Joe Biden took action on his first day in office to lift all versions of this prohibition. However, we cannot risk turning prejudice back into politics. "