Sunday, March 8, 2020

House Democrats Schedule Vote On Bill to Dismantle Trump Travel Ban

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
House Democrats are set to vote on dismantling President Trump’s travel ban and rein in the executive branch’s authority to declare travel restrictions.
Known as the No Ban Act, the bill would reverse restrictions on the countries under the travel ban and strengthen provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act that prohibit religious discrimination.
The legislation would require that any future travel ban be temporary, subject to congressional oversight and be based in response to specific actions from foreign agents that pose a threat to the U.S.
“President Trump’s Muslim Ban is a hateful policy, born from bigotry, that denies both our country and millions of aspiring Americans a better future,” said Rep. Judy Chu of California, when she introduced legislation with Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware in April 2019.
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling in June 2018, upheld the president’s travel ban, deciding the third iteration of the policy did not specially target Muslims and that Congress had given the presidency wide berth to order restrictions.
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