ACLU Statement on House Committee’s Passage of NO BAN Act

April 14, 2021 11:30 am

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WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Committee today passed HR 1333, the NO BAN Act. The legislation, which is endorsed by the American Civil Liberties Union, would set a higher standard for the use of presidential authority to suspend or restrict entry to the United States and prevent future discriminatory bans.

Manar Waheed, senior legislative and advocacy counsel for the ACLU, said:

“Today’s vote is a necessary step toward preventing presidents from abusing immigration laws in order to discriminate against Black and Brown immigrants, including Muslims. For four years, Trump’s Muslim ban and its expansion targeting Africans devastated the lives of people in the United States and around the globe.

“President Biden rightly rescinded these bans on day one and included the NO BAN Act in his immigration bill. Today, the House Judiciary Committee also prioritized ensuring that this kind of discrimination and harm cannot happen again. The House must now swiftly bring the NO BAN Act to the floor to take the next step in protecting Black and Brown immigrants against discrimination.”

Last year the ACLU led over 200 civil rights and civil liberties, immigrants’ rights, human rights, and community-based organizations in urging members of Congress to support the NO BAN Act. That letter is available here:

The ACLU’s vote recommendation is online here:

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