CAPAC Members Mark Three Year Anniversary of Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

Jan 27, 2020 Issues: Immigration

Washington, D.C. - Today, Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements to mark the third anniversary of Donald Trump’s signing of Executive Order 13769 on January 27, 2017, which restricted travel to the U.S. from several Muslim-majority countries and prohibited refugees from entering the country. CAPAC Chair Judy Chu (CA-27) and U.S. Senator Chris Coons (DE) also brought together Members of Congress, faith and civil rights leaders, and individuals directly impacted by the ban to call for passage of the NO BAN Act, which would end the President’s Muslim ban and prevent another baseless, discriminatory ban from happening again.

CAPAC Leadership

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“The Muslim Ban has been a disaster from the very start. It has nothing to do with security and everything to do with Stephen Miller and Donald Trump’s white nationalist agenda. The United States has a demonstrated ability to safely vet family members of U.S. citizens, which is why the Supreme Court required the administration to issue visa waivers. However, just about 10% of those requested waivers have been granted, evidence that this policy is not about security, but about keeping families apart. That is why we must pass my bill – the NO BAN Act – to end this cruel policy. And I am thrilled that, after building support of 214 cosponsors, this bill is scheduled for markup and a floor vote in the House soon!”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), CAPAC First Vice Chair:

“January 27th marks the third year since President Donald Trump issued his xenophobic Muslim and refugee travel ban. And three years later, families are still separated, and people are still denied from seeking necessary medical treatment in the U.S. In the wake of this executive order, I was the first Member of Congress to introduce a bill to defund it through the No Funds for Unconstitutional Executive Orders Act (H.R. 722). In the immediate aftermath of the President’s attempt to uproot our foundation of equality and justice, it was heartening to see the millions of Americans across the nation come together at airports in unity and in protest. Throughout his presidency, the Trump administration has separated families, deprived opportunities, denied the human rights of asylees, and stripped civil liberties of fellow Americans, on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, or national origin. On this 3rd anniversary of the initial ‘Muslim ban,’ this administration continues to sow discord and hate, as there are reports of the President’s plan to expand the travel ban. That is why I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the ‘NO BAN’ Act (H.R. 2244), which would repeal each iteration of the administration’s ‘Muslim ban,’ and prohibit religion-based discrimination against immigrants. As a country of immigrants wherein we draw our strength from our diversity, we cannot tolerate this. More than ever, we must recommit ourselves for a just and peaceful future.”

Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), CAPAC Second Vice Chair:

“Three years ago, President Trump instituted a xenophobic travel ban targeting the Muslim community and refugees. Discriminating against immigrants and citizens based on religion or country of origin is morally wrong and un-American. I join the voices of every American who vehemently opposes any efforts by President Trump to maintain and expand his Islamophobic travel ban. Our country must continue to be a beacon of hope for those seeking refuge and asylum, that’s why it’s imperative for Congress to pass the NO BAN Act.”

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), CAPAC Whip:

“It has been three years since President Trump issued his unconstitutional, discriminatory and xenophobic Muslim ban, which has torn apart countless families and undermined our democratic values. We are and have always been a nation of immigrants. I immigrated to the United States because my family sought a better life. It breaks my heart to see that this hateful ban has prevented many like me from being able to access those same opportunities. That’s why we must pass the NO BAN Act, which would repeal the Muslim ban executive orders and prohibit religious discrimination in immigration-related cases. Together, we will stand up to bigotry and continue to defend our nation’s core value of religious freedom.”

CAPAC Executive Board Members

Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL):

“Since Donald Trump announced his discriminatory Muslim travel ban three years ago, he has stopped at nothing to wrongfully characterize entire countries, faiths and peoples to further his xenophobic and hateful policies,” said Duckworth. “With new reporting of an expansion of the travel ban, this administration is slamming the door on thousands of people – including many families and children fleeing violence – because of where they were born or the religion they practice. It’s a betrayal of the values I fought to defend and is simply un-American.”

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI):

“The Muslim ban is sadly only one part of the Trump Administration’s virulent and cruel anti-immigrant agenda. In addition to the Muslim ban, there was the separation of children at the border, the detention of families with no end in sight, and many more harmful policies. Every day, Stephen Miller and others in the Trump Administration find new ways to hurt immigrants in our country. We must stand together in opposing these discriminatory policies.”

Congressman Gil Cisneros (CA-39):

“Three years ago, the President issued his discriminatory Muslim and Refugee Travel Ban and marked the beginning of his anti-immigrant agenda. While he tried to claim it was for national security, it did nothing to secure the United States and unleashed chaos for countless families. The United States has always stood as a beacon of hope, but it's policies like these that denigrate our American values and principles. It's why I co-sponsored the NO BAN Act and will continue to fight against bigotry and hate.”

Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21):

“It’s been three years since the Trump Administration ordered the Muslim Ban, during which we’ve seen countless families separated and lives ruined. America is a nation that welcomes everyone, regardless of their faith or nationality. Americans everywhere are fighting to keep our nation strong through its diversity, and I’m proud to be among them.”

Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34):

“Three years ago, President Donald Trump tried to undermine our country’s long-held standing as a beacon of hope across the globe by announcing his Muslim travel ban. This cruel and xenophobic policy was a shameful attempt to prevent refugees from fleeing unspeakable danger and stop families from being reunited with their loved ones. In response, we’ve witnessed an incredible display of courage and resolve from immigrant groups, nonprofit organizations, and average Americans united in opposition to this assault on our nation’s values. Today and always, I stand with them in defying this administration and this president’s efforts to deny refuge to the world’s most vulnerable populations.”

Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17):

“Under the guise of national security, the Trump Administration has engaged in blatant religious intolerance,” said Rep. Ro Khanna. “The Muslim ban remains as un-American and offensive today as it was when Trump announced it three years ago. I will continue to work with my colleagues to fight for equality and respect for every human being.” 

CAPAC Associate Members

Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-05):

“Three years ago, President Trump began his assault on immigrant families and America’s commitment to religious freedom by issuing his bigoted Muslim travel ban. This executive order has kept thousands from seeing their loved ones in the United States and needlessly endangers vetted asylum seekers fleeing persecution. Doubling down on this bigoted policy now in the midst of a global refugee crisis is unconscionable. Our national security must be guided by facts, not prejudice. As a cosponsor of the No Ban Act, which would repeal every iteration of the Muslim ban, I am committed to getting our country back on track as a beacon of religious liberty for all.”

Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03):

“America’s strength comes from our diversity and our willingness to create a safe home for people of all faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds. But three years ago today, the current administration issued a discriminatory travel ban that was just the opposite of the values that make our country so great. National security is of utmost importance, but banning thousands of families and vetted people of Muslim faith from entering the United States is not about security, but about division. If a person is willing to enter our country lawfully in pursuit of the American dream, the First Amendment tells us that it doesn’t matter what God they pray to or what house they worship in. I will keep working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus to block the discriminatory Muslim travel ban, pass comprehensive immigration reform, and protect the values that make our country great.” 

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12):

“Today marks three years since President Trump imposed his racist, xenophobic Muslim and Refugee Travel Ban. This immoral and un-American policy leaves a stain on our country that can only begin to be removed by repealing this ban through H.R. 2214: NO BAN Act. Our country is one of immigrants and our diversity makes us strong. I will not be silent or sit idly by when American values are under assault.”

Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45):

“Three years ago, President Trump introduced his Muslim ban as one of his very first acts in the White House. In doing so, he sent a message of hate and intolerance to our country and to people across the globe. As Americans, we must stand firm against xenophobic and discriminatory policies rooted in prejudice. We must repeal the President’s harmful travel ban and fight to protect the vibrant diversity of our communities.”

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09):

“Three years ago, President Trump signed his discriminatory Muslim Ban rooted in xenophobia and baseless fear. As a nation of immigrants and refugees, our policies should reflect and celebrate that strong heritage and ensure the U.S. welcomes all people regardless of their religion or nationality. Discrimination under the guise of national security is wrong and perpetuates prejudice towards Muslims and people of color. I will continue to fight for the NO BAN Act to end this egregious projection of fear and repeal this prejudiced policy.”

Congressman David Trone (MD-06):

“Trump’s Muslim Ban is un-American and unconstitutional. The Muslim community is a vibrant part of our state and these discriminatory policies are senseless and built on prejudice. I will work hard in Congress to pass the NO BAN Act to reject the President's harmful efforts that have negatively affected our friends and neighbors.”