ACLU Statement on No BAN Act Introduction

February 25, 2021 3:15 pm

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WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives today introduced the NO BAN Act to make necessary immigration law reforms to raise the standard for such use of authority and prevent future discriminatory bans. The Biden administration also included the NO BAN Act in its immigration proposal, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. The NO BAN Act is endorsed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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

“Today, Congress introduced the NO BAN Act, which the Biden administration also included in its immigration bill, signaling the prioritization of preventing future presidents from discriminating against Black and Brown immigrants, including Muslims. President Biden rightly rescinded Trump’s Muslim ban, including the expansion explicitly targeting Africans, on day one of his administration, but the lack of strict standards and accountability in existing laws maintains the risk of future discriminatory bans. As Black and Brown immigrants continue to bear the brunt of our broken system, we hope that this bill marks the beginning of a new chapter in which protecting Black and Brown immigrants is at the forefront of immigration reforms.”

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