US House panel pushes bill to Lift Trump's travel ban on Nigeria and muslim majority country

US House panel pushes bill to Lift Trump’s travel ban on Nigeria and muslim majority country

The US House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted to advance a bill that will lift Trump’s travel ban targeted at many Muslim majority countries, and would limit president Trump from imposing future bans on religion basis.

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The House of Representatives panel voted along party lines to support the advancing the “NO BAN Act”, introduced out of widespread angry over Trump’s travel ban. The measure now moves to the full House.

Civil rights groups welcomed the House panel’s move.

Senior legislative and advocacy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)Mana Waheed, said in a statement that:”Congress took a huge step forward today, sending the message to the president and the country that Muslims and other communities of colour are welcome here. Now that the bill has passed out of committee, we look forward to its swift passage in the House without any further changes.”

“We must end these bans and prevent presidents from using rank prejudice to discriminate against black and brown people,” Waheed said.

In April, the NO Ban Act was introduced and is supported by nearly 250 members of Congress and hundreds of civil rights, faith, national security and community organisations from all over the country. It would stop the travel ban and stop president Trump from giving future restrictions except there is a strong evidence provided before Congress.

Muslim Advocates, a civil rights organisation based in Washington, DC, said that the ban has caused tens of thousands of American Muslims to cruelly separate from their families.

This ban has caused sufferings and has not made us safer. He added

Trump in 2017 announced his first travel ban days after taking office without warning which affected several Muslim majority countries and led to chaos at airports across the country as hundreds of travellers.

Not long ago this month, Trump extended the ban to six extra nations including, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. His organization contended these countries did not meet US security and information sharing benchmarks.

Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal said in a tweet the travel ban is a “dark moment in this present history” and “sets a standard that the president of the United States can target and victimize anybody, without outcomes”.

Even if NO BAN Act passes the Democratic-led House, it has little chance of escaping the Republican-controlled Senate.

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee argued on Wednesday that the bill would limit the president’s ability, saying the measure “effectively helps the ability of the present administration to take fast and decisive action to protect America when needs arise”.

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