In April 2019, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act (NO BAN Act), challenging the Trump administration’s Muslim ban. The ban, and subsequent bans on African nations, have separated too many families and continues to have a devastating impact on our communities.
The NO BAN Act (HR 2214/S 1123) would repeal the Muslim and African bans and prevent similar blanket bans in the future. The bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to prohibit discrimination based on religion. When the US Supreme Court upheld the Muslim Ban in 2019, it cited a very broad INA provision that allows the president to prevent people from entering the US. The NO BAN Act tightens this provision and creates much-needed limitations and accountability for any president who wishes to use this authority. Future presidents would not be able to ban an entire community without culpability. The House passed this historic civil rights bill in July 2020, and it is time for the Senate to do the same.