April 2021 Church & State Magazine | AU Bulletin

U.S. Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Judy Chu (D-Calif.) reintroduced the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act Feb. 25.

The bill strengthens the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion and limits overly broad executive authority to issue future travel bans. It is designed in part to ensure that future presidents don’t enact versions of former President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.

“When the Trump Administration issued its xenophobic Muslim Ban, it was immediately apparent that it was unconstitutional, discriminatory, and morally reprehensible,”  Nadler said. “I am grateful that President Biden took bold action on day one to repeal this ban and reunite families, but we cannot risk the possibility of any future president reinstating this heinous policy.”

The measure has 137 cosponsors in the House. In the Senate, it will reintroduced by U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.).

 “The Muslim Ban senselessly upended lives and cut off thousands of Americans from their loved ones,” Coons said. “Only through an act of Congress can we ensure that such a discriminatory and overreaching action by a president never happens again.”