On April 10, 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, which has been in effect, in one form or another, since January 2017, has separated too many families and continues to have a devastating impact on Muslim communities.
The NO BAN Act (HR 2214/S 1123) is a historic civil-rights bill that would repeal the Muslim Ban and prevent similar 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, 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.