On Wednesday, the House passed legislation to restrict President Trump’s power to impose general travel restrictions and repeal all iterations of his so-called “Muslim ban.”
The No Ban Act, which has been in the works for months, is Democrats’ response to Trump’s crackdown on Muslims entering the United States that he promised in the 2016 campaign and which has resulted in various travel bans to countries in predominantly Muslim regions and beyond. Democrats have chided the travel ban as xenophobic and a shameful stain on America’s reputation as a beacon for religious tolerance and inclusion.
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The repeal law was passed 233-183. But the victory will be short-lived as the Senate has no intention of taking it back and Trump would surely veto the control of his authority.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Cheerfully presided over the vote in the House and began to applaud after announcing the final tally to the House. She and Representative Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Made history in 2018 by becoming the first two Muslim women elected to the United States House and have consistently spoken out against Trump’s policies.
“I couldn’t help but celebrate,” Tlaib tweeted. “The smile under the mask was huge. ”
Tlaib also posted a photo of the final vote count with the caption: “Frame this! ”
Critics of the legislation say removing the president’s travel authorities would make America less secure, and they have ridiculed the bill as a political blow to Trump.
“This is not a policy,” said Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga. “It’s about a person. ”
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The House originally planned to pass the “ban law” in March, but pulled the bill off the ground to focus on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation was drafted by Representative Judy Chu, D-California.
The first iteration of the travel ban was enacted by executive decree shortly after the president took office in 2017 and included Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen . The ban was extended earlier this year to include Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.
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“In January 2017, President Trump issued the first Muslim ban, a xenophobic policy that inflicted irreparable harm on Muslims here at home and around the world,” said Representative Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.
She called the repealing legislation revolutionary. “Today is historic, because the law banning the ban is the first bill passed by the House that directly addresses the civil rights of Muslims,” Jayapal said.
Fox News’s Brie Stimson contributed to this report.