It’s Time for the Democratic Candidates to Talk About the Muslim Ban

September 26, 2019
The American Prospect

...Last year, after three iterations and multiple lawsuits, the travel ban reached the Supreme Court, where it was upheld. Groups like the Center for Constitutional Rights continue to file lawsuits against the Trump administration for using the policy to wrongly separate American families. For example, the government has only granted 10 percent of waivers to visa applicants from countries under the travel ban. Advocacy groups like Muslim Advocates, Emgage USA, and MPower have lobbied congresspeople to keep the issue alive. In April, Representative Judy Chu and Senator Chris Coons introduced the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants, or NO BAN, Act, which would repeal the existing ban and bar discrimination against immigrants based on their religion. The bill has been co-sponsored by 170 House members and 34 senators, including presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris. But on the Democratic primary debate stage, conversation about one of Trump’s most contentious and earliest policies has largely disappeared. ...

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September 26, 2019