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  • U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar participates in a news conference to call on Congress to cut funding for I.C.E.

    U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar participates in a news conference to call on Congress to cut funding for I.C.E. | Photo: Reuters

Published 10 April 2019
Opinion

"I ran on a promise to end the president’s hateful Muslim ban. And tomorrow we will introduce a bill do just that," Congress Member Ilhan Omar tweeted.

Progressive and Democratic lawmakers filed a legislative act Wednesday to end President Trump’s travel and asylum ban on people from certain Muslim majority countries.

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The "No Ban Act," officially the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act, is a civil rights bill seeking to end the Trump administration's travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya and Somalia.

Senator Christopher Coons and Representative Judy Chu announced the bill along with support from freshman congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, among others.

The measure is unlikely to pass the Senate and even less likely to garner White House approval, but it could rally support for the U.S. left and center-left leading up to the 2020 elections, as Coons said in an interview that each Democratic senator running for president in the coming elections has endorsed the bill.

Trump’s executive order 13769, signed Jan. 27, 2017, aimed to ban foreign nationals from certain countries from entering the country. It was a follow up to a campaign promise to ban all Muslims from being allowed into the U.S. The measure also included limited sanctions against North Korea and Venezuela.

It was initially rejected by multiple courts until a third version of the order was upheld by the Supreme Court in June, 2018. Around 37,000 visas were denied in 2018 alone following the ban, up from 1,000 the year before, according to U.S. State Department data.

Almost 400 civil rights, national security, faith and community organizations have announced support for the No Ban Act, according to Muslim Advocates, a national civil rights organization.

The coalition, including the NAACP, the Truman Project, and Human Rights Campaign sent Congress a joint letter endorsing the bill ahead of its introduction Wednesday by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and fellow Democrats Senator Chris Coons and Representative Judy Chu.

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