WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the NO BAN Act (H.R. 1333). The bill, introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), would close loopholes in immigration law to prevent future presidents from enacting another Muslim Ban or similar, discriminatory bans. Muslim Advocates has worked with members of Congress to support the bill and also leads the NO BAN Act Coalition, an alliance of over 100 diverse civic, civil rights, faith and community organizations fighting to end the ban and pass the bill. The following is a statement from Muslim Advocates Special Counsel for Anti-Muslim Bigotry Madihha Ahussain:
“Just days ago, Donald Trump re-emerged to spew false smears about Muslim terrorists to argue that we should reinstitute the Muslim Ban. Trump is still here and so is Trumpism. He and his supporters will continue to use anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant hate to win political power. That is why the passage of the NO BAN Act is so important. The Muslim Ban tore families apart, put lives on hold for years and labeled Muslims, Africans and other targeted people as threatening outsiders. We must ensure that no president can enact discriminatory bans like this ever again and with the passage of the NO BAN Act in the House, we are taking a major step forward to ensuring that they won’t.
We want to thank Reps. Chu, Jayapal, Tlaib, Omar, Carson and all the other members of Congress who worked to pass this bill. We also want to thank the NO BAN Act Coalition for their tireless work to end the ban. Now we move on to the Senate, where we will ask every senator to defend our nation’s founding principles of religious freedom and equality by supporting this historic Muslim civil rights bill.”
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.