February 25, 2021
Poligon Commends the Reintroduction of the NO BAN Act in the House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. - Poligon Education Fund released the following statement regarding the reintroduction of the NO BAN Act in the House of Representatives:
Poligon Education Fund joins over 100 Muslim and immigrants’ rights organizations in applauding the reintroduction of the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act, also known as the NO BAN Act, in the House of Representatives today. Poligon proudly advocated for and endorsed Rep. Judy Chu’s (D-CA-27) introduction of the bill in 2019 and again today in the 117th Congress. The bill is co-sponsored by 137 House Representatives, championed in the Senate by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and is included in President Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.
The NO BAN Act imposes limitations on the President’s authority to suspend or restrict immigrants from entering the U.S. and prohibits religious discrimination in immigration-related decisions without statutory basis. We urge Congress to pass this historic bill once again and ensure no future administration can bar the entry of individuals to the U.S. based on their religious background and national origin.
Poligon’s Policy and Advocacy Manager, Johanna Mustafa, issued the following statement:
"The Muslim and African Bans have traumatized our communities for the past four years, separated many families and inflicted unimaginable suffering. Today, we honor the story of Abdullah Hassan, a 2-year old who died in Oakland, away from loved ones. As we continue to advocate for the passage of the NO BAN Act, we hold the stories of Abdullah and the tens of thousands of people who suffered under this cruel policy, and recognize the reintroduction of the NO BAN Act in the 117th Congress as a step forward in the collective fight for justice.”
Although Poligon celebrated the repeal of the Muslim Ban on the first day of the Biden Administration, we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring meaningful policy change. We demand the passage of the NO BAN Act in Congress to prevent discriminatory laws from targeting our immigrant communities in the future.
Poligon Education Fund is a national non profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to strengthening Muslim American engagement with Congress through research, education, and advocacy.
Learn more at www.poligonnational.org.