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House Passes Bill Rescinding Muslim Ban

The bill would rescind Trump's Muslim ban and limit discrimination in immigration law, but has no chance of passing the Republican-held Senate

Mazin Sidahmed

Jul 24, 2020

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The House voted on Wednesday to repeal the Trump administration’s ban on travel from several Muslim majority countries in a largely symbolic gesture. 

The Democrat-controlled House passed a bill the NO BAN act, which overturns the travel ban, prohibits religious discrimination in the application of immigration law and constrains the executive branch’s ability to limit entry to the U.S. by certain groups. All House Democrats who voted supported the bill, and two Republicans joined them: Texas Rep. Will Hurd and Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick. The bill has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate. 

The travel ban was originally put in place in January 2017, and after several iterations and court battles, the Supreme Court upheld the ban that blocks citizens from Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Syria and Libya from coming to the U.S. North Koreans and some Venezuelan government officials are also banned. Earlier this year, Trump put in place what was referred to as the Africa ban, which prohibits the entry of people from Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania as well as Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar.

Trump had said on the campaign trail that he intended to stop Muslims from coming to the U.S. and the ban was among his first actions as president. Associated Press

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Mazin Sidahmed

Mazin Sidahmed is the co-executive director of Documented. He previously worked for the Guardian US in New York. He started his career writing for The Daily Star in Beirut and he also contributed to Politico New York.




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