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On 3rd Anniversary of Anti-Muslim Travel Ban and Following Pressure from Rose, Leadership Announces Upcoming Vote on NO BAN Act

Congressman helped lead effort of more than 30 moderate Democrats calling for a vote to repeal Travel Ban; Rose joined Congresswomen Chu and Jayapal in column highlighting the Ban’s devastating impact on Muslim Americans

Washington, January 27, 2020

On the third anniversary of the Administration instituting a Travel Ban which primarily targets Muslim-majority countries, and following pressure by 32 Members of Congress led by Congressman Max Rose, House leadership today announced that in the coming weeks the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act will move through Committee and brought before the House of Representatives for a vote.

In a column published today by the American Independent, Rose joined Congresswomen Judy Chu and Pramila Jayapal in writing, “It is time to end the arbitrary punishment of the Muslim American community.”

“The Muslim Ban has caused untold harm and devastation for families in my district and communities across the country—all with no actual national security basis,” said Rose, Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism. “Three years after the first iteration of this Ban was implemented, I’m proud to see the House will bring the NO BAN Act to the floor to show the Muslim American community—and all those around the world—that we stand with them against such injustice and discrimination.”

Congresswoman Chu’s NO BAN Act, of which Rose is an original co-sponsor, would repeal the President’s existing executive order blocking travel from majority Muslim countries and prevent another baseless, discriminatory travel ban from happening again. The 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 requiring the Executive Branch provide evidence when issuing future travel bans. The legislation is supported by more than 200 members of Congress, nearly 400 diverse civil rights, faith, national security and community organizations, as well as private companies, and more than 50 immigration law professors.

Last year, in a response to Rose’s request seeking information and data on the effects of the Travel Ban, the Department of State provided a response which included the following data from the period of December 8, 2017 – October 31, 2018:

  • 48,656 immigrant visa and non-immigrant visa applications were subject to restrictions under the travel ban
  • 36,309 were denied visas with waiver consideration
  • 8,149 of those applications were denied for reasons unrelated to the travel ban
  • 1,546 applicants met the criteria for waiver and received a visa
  • 670 met the criteria for a waiver but have not yet received a visa
  • 0.1 percent of visa application waivers denied were due to national security concerns

Rose has been a strong advocate in supporting Yemeni-American citizens in his district who have faced roadblocks from the Muslim Ban as they navigate visa applications in efforts to bring family members home and out of harm’s way. Rose has called on the Secretary of State to approve visa applications for several of his constituents and has been successful in securing waivers from the Travel Ban to reunite family members. Additionally, Rose called on Congress to overturn the President’s veto of the historic, bipartisan action Congress took to end American support for the War in Yemen. Rose also chaired a hearing in which he pushed the Administration to demonstrate with facts and data how the Travel Ban has, if at all, prevented terrorist travel into the United States.