Arab American Civic Council Urges Congress to Once Again Pass the Historic NO BAN Act
Members of the No Muslim Ban Ever coalition, the largest grassroots campaign that worked to repeal the Trump administration’s Muslim and African Bans, welcomes today’s reintroduction of the NO BAN Act and urge members of Congress to pass the historic civil rights legislation as quickly as possible. The bill was reintroduced by Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), is cosponsored by 137 House members, and is led in the Senate by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE).
If passed, the NO BAN Act would limit dangerously broad authority in U.S. immigration law so that no future president can issue bans that bar the entry of people to the U.S. based on their religion or national origin. Although President Biden rescinded the Muslim and African Bans on his first day in office, Muslim, African and other immigrant communities want to ensure that no new discriminatory bans can be issued in the future.
The NO BAN Act previously passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 22, 2020, and is also included in President Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, a broad immigration bill introduced in Congress last week that would improve the lives of millions of immigrants and their families.
The NO BAN (National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants) Act was first introduced in April 2019 by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA). A companion bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE).