Muslim Advocates Applauds Historic Congressional Hearing on Muslim Ban

Over Two Years After it was Enacted, 9/24 House Hearing to be First Ever Held by Congress on Muslim Ban

WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Congress will hold a historic hearing on President Trump’s Muslim Ban, a cruel and bigoted policy that continues to tear families apart. The hearing, entitled “Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban,” will be the first ever congressional hearing on the Muslim Ban—taking place over two years after the ban was enacted. It will be jointly convened by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.

The hearing will also highlight the NO BAN Act (H.R. 2214/S. 1123), a bill introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) that would immediately end the Muslim Ban and establish safeguards to prevent future presidents from enacting a similar ban again.

“We applaud Representatives Ami Bera and Zoe Lofgren for chairing this much-needed hearing on Trump’s Muslim Ban, which has separated families for far too long,” said Muslim Advocates Executive Director Farhana Khera. “It has been over two years since the White House enacted this bigoted policy and over a year since it was shamefully rubber-stamped by the Supreme Court. This hearing will shed light on the needless pain the ban has inflicted on the thousands of Americans who remain separated from their loved ones. It will also underscore that it is long past time for Congress to right this egregious wrong by supporting passage of the NO BAN Act.”

In advance of the hearing, Muslim Advocates is calling on the 89 House Democrats who haven’t co-sponsored the NO BAN Act to sign on to the bill.

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Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization working in the courts, in the halls of power and in communities to halt bigotry in its tracks. We ensure that American Muslims have a seat at the table with expert representation so that all Americans may live free from hate and discrimination.