NO BAN Act Vote Delayed: Call your Reps!

What happened:

The Trump Administration expanded the Muslim Ban to six additional countries, now totaling 13 countries subject to the ban (Nigeria, Sudan, Eritrea, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (Burma), Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea). Most of the 13 countries are Muslim-majority nations or have significant Muslim populations. Nigeria is home to the largest Muslim community in Africa and one of the largest Muslim communities in the world. The ban separates millions of Americans from their families in banned nations and advances the President’s white nationalist agenda to restrict immigration of non-Europeans. A bill to repeal the act was set to go to vote in Congress today, but has been delayed.

American families are suffering because of the ban. Because of the expansion, millions of Americans are separated from their family—spouses, infant children, or elderly parents are trapped overseas. Many of these families have spent countless hours and resources traveling abroad, contacting embassies, filling out paperwork and waiting for answers.

Banning babies and grandmothers serves no national security purpose. The administration has failed to show how banning babies and grandmothers makes us safer. Over 50 former senior national security officials who have served in Republican and Democratic administrations have said there is no national security justification for the ban. Under the expanded ban, their national security justifications are even more illusory: the administration will allow visitors (tourists, students, and scholars) from Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar, and Kyrgystan, but bans immigrants (spouses, children and parents typically seeking to be reunited with family members), even though screening of visitors is typically less rigorous than screening those seeking to immigrate.

The ban is about discrimination. Pure and simple. The ban is part of Trump’s white nationalist agenda and is yet more evidence that the goal of his administration is to use our immigration laws to keep out people of color. This is a Muslim Ban and a ban on people of color. He has repeatedly denigrated people from the banned countries, calling them “sh*tholes” and said that Nigerians live in “huts.” This is in addition to his long-use of hostile and denigrating language to describe Black people and where they live, as well as Muslims. The true purpose of this policy is to stoke racial and religious bigotry for political gain — and nothing more.

Congress must pass the NO BAN Act. There is a solution. Congress needs to rein this in immediately by passing the NO BAN Act (H.R. 2214/S.1123 – Chu/Coons). The NO BAN Act will end the Muslim Ban and and ensure that no president will ever again be able to abuse their authority and ban people for discriminatory purposes without accountability. Speaker Pelosi recently pledged to move the NO BAN Act through the House.

What you can do:

We need constituents to CALL THEIR REPRESENTATIVES to urge them to vote to pass the act. We need everyone’s help. Spread the word and raise awareness. There more dissent against the ban, the stronger our chances!