Rep. Judy Chu, Sen. Chris Murphy Introduce Bill to Block Muslim Ban Implementation
November 21, 2017 – Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), have each introduced companion bills in the House and Senate to block the implementation of President Trump’s executive order blocking travel from majority Muslim countries. The bills, H.R. 4271 and S. 1979, would prohibit the use of any funds or fees to implement Executive Order 13780, signed on March 6, 2017.
“President Trump’s Muslim ban – in any iteration – has nothing to do with national security, and everything to do with instilling fear in and of the Muslim community,” said Rep. Chu. “The changes in the third Muslim ban do not make this order any less discriminatory and harmful in either intention or execution. No one should be discriminated against because of their race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or religion. Doing so not only violates the Immigration and Nationality Act, it violates our American values. Our society benefits from the contributions from immigrants from around the world. That is why I, along with Sen. Chris Murphy in the Senate, introduced H.R. 4271 to block the Muslim Ban from going into effect.”
“Just like the first and second versions of the Muslim ban, this one is still illegal, discriminatory, and harmful to our nation’s security,” said Senator Murphy. “The ban plays right into the hands of ISIS and terrorist organizations around the world. ISIS is already using it as recruitment fodder to convince those fleeing persecution that they have no place in our society, and Donald Trump’s own administration admitted that there’s no national security justification for it. I hope my Republican colleagues will stand up for American values and security and support this bill.”
The original cosponsors for H.R. 4271 are Reps. John Conyers (MI-13), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Grace Meng (NY-6), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), and Colleen Hanabusa (HI-1).
Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement on today’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Trump v. Hawaii, upholding President Trump’s Muslim ban:
“Trump’s Muslim ban will never be right. The majority opinion ignored reality and turned a blind-eye on the intent and motivation behind Trump’s discriminatory Proclamation. The President made clear over time that the intention behind this act was to use his legal authority over immigration to propagate anti-Muslim prejudice.
“If his actions did not meet the Court’s standard to find religious discrimination, then the Court has shown strong bias in comparison to its ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop.
“I agree with the dissenting opinion by Justice Sotomayor and Ginsburg and the parallels they point out with Korematsu v. U.S., in which the federal government was given a pass to justify the exclusion of an entire group of people based on ‘an ill-defined national security threat.’
“Today, our current vetting system is capable and successful at weeding out threats, which is why immigrants and refugees from these countries have not been terrorists or criminals, but instead have settled peacefully and are contributing to our communities. Many of them fled war and violence only to find opportunity and peace here.
“That’s how our laws should work. But now, the Supreme Court has given license to Trump to continue labeling all Muslims as threats, denying them a chance at a better life, and encouraging xenophobia and isolating communities.
“This is an intentional strategy, along with his zero tolerance at the border and proposed changes to legal immigration to prevent non-whites from coming to this country. America cannot go down the path of prejudice again.
“It’s wrong morally and economically. That is why we must quickly pass H.R. 4271, a bill I introduced along with Senator Chris Murphy (CT) to block any federal funding for the implementation of this ban.”