Prevent Blanket Entry Bans

The Trump Administration’s Muslim and African Bans — xenophobic entry bans formulated under the guise of national security — kept thousands of families apart. While President Biden rescinded the bans on his first day in office, it is critical that we prevent similar blanket bans in the future. The NO BAN Act (HR 1333) would change the Immigration and Nationality Act by outlawing discrimination in the entry of immigrants or nonimmigrants based on religion. It would also put in place key congressional notification and reporting requirements as important safeguards against any future abuses of the authority to suspend or restrict the entry of non-citizens. Presidents would still have the power to issue narrow bans justified by the evidence in the name of national security — but they would no longer be able to ban an entire community without culpability.