UPDATE Jan 31, 2020:
We just received confirmation that the Trump White House is announcing an expansion of the Muslim Ban—blocking immigration visa's from Eritrea, Nigeria, Burma, Kyrgyzstan and diversity visas from Sudan and Tanzania.
UPDATE Jan 27, 2020:
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, released a statement on the anniversary of Trump's original Muslim Ban announcing that the NO BAN Act will be voted on by Congress in the coming weeks.
UPDATE Jan 20, 2020:
News outlets are reporting that the Trump Administration may soon announce an expansion of the Muslim Ban, growing the list of countries from which entrance to the United States is blocked.
The NO BAN Act is growing its support in the House, with 214 co-sponsors.
Now is an ideal time to message to Congress—condemn bigotry and #RepealTheBan now.
The NO BAN Act—introduced by Senator Chris Coons and Congresswoman Judy Chu, would not just repeal Trump’s Muslim, asylum, and refugees bans—it would limit the ability for this administration or any post-Trump administration to do something like it ever again.
It’s true—there's already been legislation attempting to end Trump’s Muslim Ban.
But the NO BAN Act is not just another minor variation.
It’s fundamentally different, and possibly a game changer if we can get it rolling strong out the gate. Here’s why:
This is the first major piece of legislation that doesn’t just take aim at the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban, but at preventing any future president from walking in Trump’s footsteps.
In the wake of white nationalist violence threatening our communities every day, we demand real, concrete action.
In a society already plagued by white supremacy, Islamophobia, and anti-Blackness, political leaders like Donald Trump have created the necessary political and cultural environment for the horrific, deadly violence we’ve seen in recent months and years.
We can see this clearly in the fact that nearly all of Trump's signature policies are specifically aimed at keeping Black and brown people out of the U.S.
Whether it’s the Muslim Ban, the racist border wall, detention camps, or ICE raids, this agenda is straight out of the white nationalist playbook—in fact, many of these policies were directly or indirectly influenced by anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate groups.1,2
Trump’s Muslim Ban was already a moral crisis.
We can’t afford to do anything less than prevent any future President from stoking this kind of hate ever again.
1. "Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslim immigrants is based on a very shoddy poll," The Washington Post, Dec 7, 2015
2. "Tracking the Evolution of the Right’s Anti-Immigrant Movement," People for the American Way, Feb 1, 2019