Congressman Steven Horsford Votes to Pass the NO BAN Act

April 21, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, Congressman Steven Horsford voted to pass the NO BAN Act, which strengthens the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion and limits presidential powers to issue future travel bans.

"Donald Trump’s bigoted and unconstitutional Muslim Ban separated families and forced Muslim-Americans to live in fear. We must never allow xenophobia and hatred to govern our nation’s immigration policies again,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. “I’m grateful that President Biden took immediate action to rescind the Muslim Ban on his first day in office. Going forward, we must ensure that no president is ever able to issue discriminatory travel bans. As the son of an immigrant, I’m proud to vote for the NO BAN Act to close dangerous discrimination loopholes in our immigration laws and reaffirm America’s commitment to religious tolerance and diversity.”

“I serve as Executive Director of ACLU of Nevada and am a practicing Muslim. The peril members of our faith community experienced as a result of targeted discrimination by the Trump Administration after it issued the Muslim Ban should not be experienced by any group in the future,” said Athar Haseebullah, Executive Director of the ACLU of Nevada. “The NO BAN ACT will make necessary reforms to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to prevent future discriminatory bans. As this bill moves forward, it is crucial that this legislation isn’t watered down or altered and Congress demonstrates its commitment to the protection of civil liberties for all.”

Congressman Horsford previously voted for the NO BAN Act in the 116th Congress, where it passed the House of Representatives 233-183 with bipartisan support.

The NO BAN Act is supported by over 400 immigrants’ rights organizations, faith-based organizations, and civil rights organizations, including National Immigration Law Center, Immigration Hub, Interfaith Immigration Coalition, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Franciscan Action Network, Church World Service, Human Rights Campaign, American Civil Liberties Union, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Association, The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, National Iranian American Organization Action, Muslim Advocates, Jewish and Muslims and Allies Acting Together, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, HIAS, National Council of Jewish Women, Bend the Arc, International Refugee Assistance Project, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Engage Action, Airbnb, and Center for American Progress.

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