House Passes Bill to Prevent Trump Travel Bans
Geoff Earle, Daily Mail, April 21, 2021
Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Wednesday that Congress had sent a message to Muslims that ‘you are welcome here’ after the House voted for legislation that would prevent actions like President Trump’s Muslim ban.
The House on Wednesday passed the ‘No Ban Act,’ which would limit the president’s ability to to suspend or restrict the entry into the U.S. of a ‘class of aliens.’
‘I want to really be very loud and very clear and sending a message to every Muslim and African person here and around the world that you are welcome here. And the United States of America,’ said Tlaib, who famously called to ‘impeach the mother******’ in reference to Trump at the start of her term in 2019.
She unloaded on Trump’s administrative actions Wednesday, as the House once again passed legislation it also passed under Trump – when the president certainly would have vetoed it if it ever reached his desk.
‘The Congress United States of House of Representatives took action to ensure racist and dangerous bans like The Muslim and African ban will be no more,’ she said. ‘Today the passage of the no ban app or ban as is showing our immigrant neighbors and refugees everywhere. The House Democrats will not tolerate racist immigration policies,’ she said.
Republicans bashed the move. Rep. Tom McClintock of California said it would harm the president’s ability to ‘protect against threats.’
Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.), who also defended Trump when Democrats brought up a resolution to condemn his call for lawmakers to ‘go back’ to the countries they came from, said the bill would make the U.S. vulnerable.
‘The last thing we should be doing as a nation is making it easier for terrorists in Iran, Iraq, Syria and other terrorist harboring nations to travel to the United States,’ said Steube.
President Joe Biden reversed the travel restrictions from the Trump administration in one of his first moves in office, easing limits on Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as North Korea and some government officials from Venezuela. But Democrats say Congress has a responsibility to prevent future administrations from enacting similarly broad restrictions.
The bill passed the House by a vote of 218-208. It is unlikely to advance in the evenly split Senate, with Republicans overwhelmingly opposed.