ACLU Statement on Implementation of the Expanded Muslim Ban

February 21, 2020 9:15 am

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s expanded Muslim ban — which bans certain people from Eriteria, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania — is now in effect, targeting more Muslims and Africans in particular. The American Civil Liberties Union has been fighting the various iterations of the ban since it was first introduced.

The following is a statement from Manar Waheed, senior legislative and advocacy counsel for the ACLU:

“Just over three years ago, as one of his first acts as president, Trump issued his original Muslim ban, and airports and streets were flooded with people from all walks of life who stood up against it. Today, Trump is expanding his indefinite ban on Muslims, targeting more Black and brown people as a part of his xenophobic agenda.

“We must use every tool in our toolbox to fight these attacks on our country. Congress must pass the NO BAN Act without any further changes in order to end this ban and prevent future presidents from institutionalizing racism in official policy. Presidential candidates must commit to ending this ban as well as the other bans that abuse this authority. The American people want a country free from discrimination, and we won’t stop fighting until we have one.”

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