On Wednesday, April 10, Senator Chris Coons and Congresswoman Judy Chu introduced the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act (NO BAN Act). Interfaith Alliance joined a diverse coalition of nearly 400 civil rights, faith, national security and community organizations to support this historic legislation.
The NO BAN Act would end the bans on immigration from majority Muslim countries and establish vital protections against future discriminatory restrictions. Since President Trump first announced the Muslim ban just over two years ago, this horrific policy has kept children from their parents and forced Americans to miss the births, deaths, weddings and funerals of loved ones. As Sen. Coons said at a press conference on Wednesday, “This is family separation by any other name.”
The NO BAN Act will put an end to this discriminatory policy and amend the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to prohibit future discrimination on the basis of religion. With its passage, no president will ever again exclude an entire community from the Unites States without accountability.
As a multi-faith organization, Interfaith Alliance is on the front lines of fighting the Muslim Ban and combating the rise of anti-Muslim bigotry in the Unites States. In a press release issued by Sen. Coons, Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline stated unequivocally:
The No Ban Act is critical piece of legislation beginning the long work of restoring true religious freedom and repairing America’s proud legacy as a nation of immigrants and safe bastion for refugees escaping persecution and strife. Banning any one faith tradition, as Trump has done, flies in the face of our founding principle of religious freedom.
As an organization representing more than 75 faith communities, we know well that bigotry toward any tradition is an affront to all of us. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and in support of this critical piece of legislation.
Interfaith Alliance, with the coalition of supporting organizations, sent a joint letter to Congress urging our leaders to “send a strong message to the American people that how someone prays should not dictate whether the government can ban them from coming to the United States…Families should not be separated simply based on their faith. These are our shared values. It is time for Congress to act to overturn the Muslim Ban and stand against religious discrimination.”