House Democrats file bill to halt Trump travel ban policy
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) today joined with several of her House colleagues to introduce legislation that would block the implementation of President Donald Trump’s travel ban policy.
If approved, the measure would prohibit federal agencies from using any federal funds or resources to implement the executive order that the president signed in March 2017 and the presidential proclamation he issued in September of that same year, which place restrictions on travelers seeking to enter the U.S. from five majority-Muslim countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen – as well as North Korea and Venezuela.
Proponents of the bill, including DeGette, have argued that the president’s actions violate the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which prohibits discriminating against visa applicants on the basis of national origin.
Despite immense public outrage and federal court injunctions that halted the president’s initial executive order, which he signed in January 2017, the Supreme Court last Summer upheld the president’s March 2017 executive order.
The legislation DeGette and others filed today would act to bar federal agencies from implementing the president’s travel ban policy, despite the Court’s ruling.
It has been endorsed by Amnesty International, USA, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), National Immigration Law Center (NILC), Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), Council on American- Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Church World Service (CWS).
The legislation, H.R. 810, now heads to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.