Judy Chu Leads Push to Repeal Muslim Ban
Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) on Wednesday introduced legislation to repeal the president’s existing executive order blocking travel from majority Muslim countries and prevent another baseless, discriminatory travel ban from happening again. This is the first legislative solution to protect immigrant communities from discriminatory bans, immediately and permanently. The National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act would immediately rescind the Muslim ban as well as Trump’s asylum ban and refugee ban. “President Trump’s Muslim Ban is a hateful policy, born from bigotry, that denies both our country and millions of aspiring Americans a better future,” said Chu. “This ban makes America less safe, endangers the lives of refugees who seek safety here, and tarnishes our reputation in the world. It has nothing to do with national security, and everything to do with instilling fear of the Muslim community. And that’s why we are acting to end it.” The text of the current law that Trump has relied on in support of his bans says that the president may “suspend the entry” of groups of non-citizens based on a finding that such entry would be “detrimental to the interests of the United States.” Chu’s long-awaited bill would curtail the broad and unspecific language in the current law and would instead require the government to meet a more stringent standard in suspending or restricting entry based on “credible facts” and connected to “specific acts” that have actually occurred. The measure would also require that such a drastic measure be narrowly tailored to meet a compelling government interest using the least restrictive means in doing so. And it would also establish a system of checks and balances, such that Congress would be routinely notified and briefed on the status, implementation, and constitutional and legislative authority for the executive’s actions. Chu was joined in this legislation by Senator Chris Coons (D-CT), who introduced the bill in the upper chamber. More here.