Congressman André Carson Joins Bicameral Effort to Repeal Muslim Ban, Prevent Future Discriminatory Bans
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman André Carson has co-authored a bill in the House of Representatives, paired with companion legislation in the Senate, to repeal the President’s existing executive order blocking travel from majority Muslim countries and prevent another baseless, discriminatory travel ban from happening again.
The National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act repeals the three versions of President Trump’s Muslim ban, strengthens the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, and restores the separation of powers by limiting overly broad executive authority to issue future travel bans. The legislation is supported by over 90 members of Congress, nearly 400 diverse civil rights, faith, national security and community organizations, as well as private companies and more than 50 immigration law professors.
“I’m honored to play a leading role in the effort to introduce and pass the No Ban Act,” said Rep. Carson. “As the President’s shameful Muslim ban heads into its third year, the toll it has taken on families, refugees and America’s reputation abroad continues to grow. As a Muslim who is deeply committed to my faith, and an American who believes passionately in the ideals of equality --- I cannot simply stand by and let this disgraceful policy continue. That’s why I will work tirelessly to pass our bill and end this shameful chapter in America’s history.”
Rep. Carson joined Senator Chris Coons and Congresswoman Judy Chu, the bill’s House and Senate leaders, in announcing the bicameral legislation on Wednesday at an event featuring Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Rep. llhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), as well as Farhana Khera, president and executive director of Muslim Advocates; Khizr Khan, Gold Star Parent and constitutional rights and national unity advocate; Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism; and Mana Kharrazi, executive director of Iranian Alliances Across Borders, whose family and community have been impacted by the ban.
Read a summary of the bill here.