Washington: 140 Democratic Party lawmakers in the American Joe Biden government have reintroduced a bill in Congress (parliament) to prevent future travel restrictions on Muslims and to discriminate on religious grounds.
Former US President Donald Trump introduced a bill on Muslim travel restrictions that targeted Muslim-majority countries and restricted the entry of people from Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Venezuela.
President Joe Biden had abolished the travel ban on Muslims on the very first day of assuming office.
The head of the House’s Judicial Committee, Jerold Nadler and Judy Chu, introduced the National Origins-based Anti-Discrimination for Non-Migrants (No Ban) Act on Friday, while Senator Chris Kons was introduced in the Senate.
Indian-American lawmakers Ami Bera, Ro Khanna, Pramila Jaipal and Raja Krishnamurthy are among those who support the bill.
Nadler said that when the Trump administration issued a Muslim travel ban disliking foreign countries, it was immediately apparent that it was unconstitutional, discriminatory and morally reprehensible.
He said, “I am delighted that President Biden took courageous action to unravel the ban on the very first day of assuming office and reunite the families.” It is not the case that in future a president can restore this heinous policy, so we cannot take the risk of this possibility. ”
Congress member Judy Chu said that the travel ban on Muslims was a disgusting blot on America. This decision was motivated only by bigotry and not because of genuine national security concerns. The ban only alienated families and promoted bigotry and Islamophobia.
He said, “We cannot take the risk that prejudice becomes a policy again.” Therefore, I am introducing the “No Ban” Act. ”
He said that this law will ensure that no future president can ban people just because of religion.
Senator Kons said, “We have reversed the sad page of the travel ban on Muslims, but now we should write a new chapter, in which no president can work against a community on the basis of fear and prejudice.”