Sarbanes Votes to End Discriminatory Muslim Travel Ban and Protect Religious Freedom

The NO BAN Act Would Prevent Presidents from Abusing Immigration Law, Usurping Congressional Authority and Targeting Religious Minorities
April 21, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act (H.R. 1333), a bill that would prevent presidents from implementing discriminatory bans that block certain non-citizens from entering the United States.

“This important effort affirms our values as Americans and compliments our proud history as a nation of immigrants,” said Congressman Sarbanes, who co-sponsored the legislation and voted to pass it in the last Congress. “The NO BAN Act will strengthen our system of checks and balances, prevent future presidents from abusing our nation’s immigration laws and curb discrimination based on religion.”

The NO BAN Act amends Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to rein in the president’s authority to temporarily restrict the entry of non-citizens into the United States. The bill also explicitly prohibits religious discrimination.

See here for more information about the NO BAN Act.