WASHINGTON, DC — May 1, 2019 — Congressman Eliot Engel, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has cosponsored H.R. 2214, the NO Ban Act, legislation that would repeal President Trump’s Muslim travel ban. An outspoken critic of the ban from the beginning, Engel previously joined amicus briefs opposing the President’s Executive Orders in court and has participated in House Democrat-led protests and demonstrations against the policy.
“The President’s Muslim travel ban has been a national disgrace from the moment he slammed the door,” Engel said. “Frankly, it’s still shocking any United States President would even consider such a bigoted scheme, let alone try to execute it. Every iteration of this Executive Order has been discriminatory, and the very concept of preventing people of a certain faith from reaching our shores runs completely counter to our values as a nation. I’ve signed amicus briefs challenging the ban in court, and though several judges have agreed it’s unconstitutional, the Supreme Court allowed the ban to go into effect until other legal challenges to it are decided.
“I remain hopeful that the courts will ultimately stop this President’s xenophobia. However, in case they don’t, it’ll be up to Congress to fill the constitutional void left by the Executive Branch, take a stand against bigotry, and pass legislation that will undo this shameful policy.”
In addition to repealing President Trump’s three Muslim travel ban Executive Orders, the NO Ban Act also:
- Expands the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion;
- Limits the President’s authority to restrict the certain classes of people coming into the U.S. by requiring consultation with Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security, requiring credible facts and specific evidence, and tying the restriction to specific acts that undermine public safety or security and;
- Requires a report on how the Muslim ban was implemented.
SOURCE: Bryant Daniels, Communications & Deputy District Director, Congressman Eliot L. Engel