A demonstration in Washington D.C. on February 4th, 2017 against the Muslim Ban. (Photo by Ted Eytan / @tedeytan)
After two-year hiatus, Congress will hold hearing on Muslim Ban
WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Congress will hold a historic hearing on President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban, a policy that continues to tear families apart. The Muslim ban enacted by President Trump’s Executive Order, prevents nationals from five Muslim-majority countries — Syria, Yemen, Iran, Libya, Somalia — as well as North Korea and Venezuela from applying for a visa to enter the United States.
The hearing, entitled “Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban,” will be the first congressional hearing on the Muslim Ban—taking place over two years after the ban was enacted. The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee will jointly convene it with Oversight and Investigations and the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.
The hearing will highlight the NO BAN Act (H.R. 2214/S. 1123), a bill introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) that would immediately end the Muslim Ban and establish safeguards to prevent future presidents from enacting a similar ban again. The bills are supported by 400 nongovernmental groups and cosponsored in the US House of Representatives by 149 members and in the US Senate by 34 Senators. Hearing testimony will also underscore the widespread hardship the ban has inflicted on the thousands of Americans who remain separated from their loved ones in countries like war-torn Syria.