WASHINGTON – Today, a diverse coalition of civil rights organizations urged House leaders to schedule a markup and vote on the NO BAN Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Calif.) to end the President’s Muslim ban and prevent another baseless, discriminatory ban from happening again.

“For three years now, thousands of American Muslim families have been separated because of the Muslim ban,” the leaders wrote. “The civil rights of Muslims should be prioritized along with other foundational civil rights we all hold dear.”

The NO BAN Act is supported by more than 200 members of Congress; 400 civil rights, faith, national security and community organizations; 50 immigration law professors; and several private companies.

The full letter can be read here and below.

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer and Majority Whip Clyburn,

We, the undersigned leadership of civil rights and social justice organizations are writing to applaud the historic advancement of legislation in the 116th Congress. Under your leadership, the House has passed vital civil rights protections for women, working people, people of color, voters, the LGBTQ community and immigrants. As a result of the House passage of the Violence Against Women Act, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, the Equality Act, the Raise the Wage Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and the Dream and Promise Act, countless Americans see the House of Representatives as a defender of fundamental rights that are under attack by the current administration and in the courts.

For three years now, thousands of American Muslim families have been separated because of the Muslim ban. We applaud the recent joint hearing in the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees which highlighted the tragic stories of the victims of this discriminatory policy. We urge you to schedule a mark-up and House vote on the NO BAN Act (H.R. 2214), which has the support of more than 200 co-sponsors, 400 organizations and members of the business community. One of President Trump’s first acts of office was to enact a Muslim ban that has cruelly separated countless American families and fomented a wave of anti-Muslim bigotry. The NO BAN Act would stop the Muslim ban and also prevent future discriminatory bans. Furthermore, House passage of this bill would be historic as the only time in memory that any house of Congress has ever advanced a bill specifically to protect the rights of American Muslims.

Congress must vigorously defend the rights of American Muslims. American Muslims are our constituents: working people, women, LGBTQ people, people of color, immigrants, and voters. The civil rights of Muslims should be prioritized along with other foundational civil rights issues we all hold dear.

We thank you for your consideration. For more information please reach out to Muslim Advocates Deputy Director Naheed Qureshi at 202-897-2622 or naheed@muslimadvocates.org.

Sincerely,

 

Rea Carey

Executive Director

National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund

Kristen Clarke

President & Executive Director

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Stosh Cotler

CEO

Bend the Arc Jewish Action

Alphonso B. David

President

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

Rahna Epting

Executive Director

MoveOn

Fatima Goss Graves

President & CEO

National Women’s Law Center

Vanita Gupta

President & CEO

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Sherrilyn Ifill

President & Director-Counsel

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Cristina Jimenez

Co-Founder & Executive Director

United We Dream

Sheila Katz

CEO

National Council of Jewish Women

Mara Keisling

Executive Director

National Center for Transgender Equality

Farhana Khera

President & Executive Director

Muslim Advocates

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

Director

Religious Action Center

Hilary Shelton

Director

NAACP Washington Bureau