Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Pasadena), and several other legislators today introduced bicameral legislation that would block the implementation of President Trump’s recent executive order expanding travel restrictions for Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.
The legislation would prohibit funds, resources, and fees made available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or any other federal agency from being used to implement or enforce the expanded Muslim ban. U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) is an original co-sponsor of the legislation.
“The Muslim Ban in every form has been a vehicle for discrimination,” said Chu. “It does not make America safer, but it does keep families apart. The hateful intentions were clear from the start when candidate Trump announced his intentions to ban all Muslims from entering the US. And now we see him expanding his bans in order to do so. America’s vetting system is one of the best in the world, which means we do not need a ban to keep threats out of the country. And we have nothing to fear from keeping families together. That is why I’m proud to introduce this bill to stop this latest version of President Trump’s Muslim Ban.”
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), and U.S. Representative Joe Neguse (CO-2) joined Chu.
Organizations endorsing the bill include: African Communities Together, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Muslim Advocates, National Immigration Law Center (NILC), Amnesty International USA, Council on American- Islamic Relations (CAIR), HIAS, Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), NAFSA: Association of International Educators, National Council of Jewish Women, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC).