July 22, 2020

Congressman Neguse’s Measure to Repeal Trump’s African Ban Passes the House

Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman Joe Neguse’s measure to repeal President Trump’s African travel ban has passed through the House of Representatives. President Trump added Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania to his Muslim Travel Ban in late January. Today, the NO BAN Act passed through the House, and along with it, Congressman Neguse’s measure to include the latest ban for African countries.

Congressman Neguse himself is a son of immigrants who came to America as refugees from Eritrea, one of the countries on President Trump’s ban.  

“The President’s reckless bans on majority-Muslim and African countries do not align with our American values or the unique promise that this country has offered immigrants and refugees for centuries; they will not make us safer; and they are yet another example of the Trump Administration’s haphazard and cruel immigration policies,” said Congressman Joe Neguse on the House floor Wednesday. “I am proud that I was able to successfully offer an amendment during the Judiciary Committee’s markup that added President Trump’s latest ban to the underlying bill. It’s not only the right thing to do for our country, but also a matter very personal to me. The No Ban Act is a powerful bill that preserves the promise of America and rejects this Administration’s xenophobic and anti-Muslim immigration policies and I am proud to support it and secure its passage.”

View Congressman Neguse’s remarks on the House floor here.

The National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act repeals the three versions of President Trump’s Muslim ban, strengthens the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, and restores the separation of powers by limiting overly broad executive authority to issue future travel bans.