Washington, DC – On the anniversary of the first Travel Ban’s signing, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Representative Judy Chu (D-CA/27th) introduced legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives to reverse the Travel Ban 3.0 and block its implementation.
“Two years ago, after President Trump announced his hateful Muslim ban, I heard from families across Connecticut who feared they would never see their loved ones again,” said Sen. Murphy. “But the proposed ban wasn’t just a threat the families affected by it – it threatened the very idea of America. We are made stronger – and safer – by embracing our diversity.”
If passed, the legislation, S.246 and H.R.810, would withhold funding to enforce the executive order and is similar to legislation Sen. Murphy and Rep. Chu introduced in the 115th congress to block all three different iterations of President Trump’s Travel Ban.
“The Muslim Ban – now in its third iteration, but wrong in any form – is just one of the weapons Donald Trump is using to foment xenophobia and bigotry and drive wedges in our communities. It is simply unamerican,” said Rep. Chu. “And that is why Sen. Murphy and I are reintroducing our bill to block any federal funds from going towards the implementation of the Muslim Ban. The founders intended Congress to be a check on the whims of the President. And with this bill, we are reclaiming that role.”
PAAIA applauds Sen. Murphy and Rep. Chu for their efforts to block this ineffective and anti-American policy by introducing this necessary legislation, and we strongly encourage other members of Congress to support their efforts. The legislation in the Senate currently has 27 cosponsors, while the legislation in the House has 48 cosponsors.
Ask your members of Congress to support this legislation!
Iranian nationals make up the largest number of immigrants or non-immigrant visitors among the countries listed in the ban and already undergo extensive security screening. Unfairly targeting the Iranian people undermines the solidarity between the peoples of both countries and overlooks the countless contributions Iranian Americans have made to the security and economic prosperity of the United States.
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January 29, 2019