Should we stop the President from being able to ban certain groups from the US?
• “Just like the previous one, today’s proclamation is narrowly tailored to address legitimate security concerns identified by administration officials who know far more than we do... There is no religious or racial bias, contrary to arguments by those who simply oppose anything President Trump does on immigration.” Source: RJ Hauman (Government Relations Director, The Federation for American Immigration Reform)
• “These countries [added to the ban list], for the most part, want to be helpful, but for a variety of different reasons simply failed to meet those minimum [security] requirements that we laid out." Source: Chad Wolf (Acting Secretary, Department of Homeland Security)
• “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… 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.” Source: Sen. Chris Coons (Democrat, Delaware)
• “The ban should be ended, not expanded. President Trump is doubling down on his signature anti-Muslim policy — and using the ban as a way to put even more of his prejudices into practice by excluding more communities of color,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “Families, universities, and businesses in the United States are paying an ever-higher price for President Trump’s ignorance and racism.” Source: Omar Jadwat (Director, ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project)
Awaiting Vote .
This bill limits the president’s ability to suspend or restrict non-US citizens from entering the US and stops current restrictions. It also bans religious discrimination when issuing visas. Under this bill the president must consult the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security when trying to implement any future restrictions and report this to Congress within 48 hours. Sen. Chris Coons (Democrat, Delaware) introduced the Senate version as S. 1123. Sponsor: Rep. Judy Chu (Democrat, California, District 27)
- Rep. Chu and Sen. Coons Condemn Expansion of Trump’s Muslim Ban (Press Release)
- Trump expected to reveal travel ban expansion on Friday (Politico)
- Trump Administration Adds Six Countries to Travel Ban (New York Times)
- Muslim ban: US House to vote on bill to repeal Trump's travel ban (Al Jazeera)
- DHS chief Wolf accuses Pelosi of ‘grossly inaccurate’ claim about travel ban expansion (Fox News)