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U.S. Rep. Newman (IL-03) Votes to Pass the NO BAN Act to Prevent Future Muslim Bans

April 21, 2021

Legislation builds on President Biden’s repeal of the Muslim ban by preventing future presidents from instituting such discriminatory orders ever again

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Marie Newman (IL-03) voted to pass the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act. The legislation passed today strengthens the Immigration and Nationality Act by prohibiting immigration discrimination on the basis of religion and limits executive authority to prevent future presidents from discriminating against Black and Brown immigrations, including Muslims.  

“On his first day in office, President Biden rightfully ended Trump’s xenophobic and hateful Muslim ban which for years devastated millions of Muslim communities across the nation. We cannot risk the possibility of any future president reinstating this heinous policy, which is why I am proud to have voted to pass the NO BAN Act today to protect millions of immigrants and refugees seeking a home in the United States,” said Congresswoman Newman. “This country was founded on the idea of freedom from religious persecution, and it’s past time we put in place policies that will prevent and prohibit bias, bigotry and rampant xenophobia from ever being enacted into law again. With today’s critical passage, the NO BAN Act is one step closer to being on President Biden’s desk.” 

The passage of today’s legislation in the House follows President Biden’s day one action to repeal President Trump’s discriminatory Muslim ban, which was used to block travel from majority Muslim countries to the United States.