Democrats rally in support of bill to repeal Trump travel ban
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Democratic lawmakers joined faith and civil rights leaders on Monday to rally in support of legislation that would overturn President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE’s travel ban, a move that comes as the administration prepares to expand restrictions to other countries.

Monday marked the third anniversary of Trump signing orders during his first week in office to suspend immigration from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia — all predominantly Muslim countries.

Congressional Democrats are calling for passage of the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act, or NO BAN Act, that was introduced last year.

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The bill would limit presidential power to impose travel restrictions on citizens from other countries entering the United States. It also would prohibit religious discrimination and require the president, the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to justify any travel restrictions imposed on foreign citizens.

“We have no other answer to this shameful policy but to pass the NO BAN Act, which will amend the underlying law, repeal the existing travel bans and fix the hole in the heart of American immigration law that was created by this ungrounded decision,” Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Graham warned Pentagon chief about consequences of Africa policy: report Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump MORE (D-Del.) said at Monday’s rally. “Only by getting this act passed and signed into law will we be certain that future presidents won’t act based on fear, prejudice and a lack of grounding and real information.”

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE (D-Calif.) announced Monday that the House will vote on the legislation in the coming weeks. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms Trump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify MORE (D-N.Y.) announced later Monday that his panel would take up the bill in two weeks, meaning its markup is likely to occur around mid-February.

The measure has 214 co-sponsors in the House and 38 in the Senate. Even if the bill passes the House, it would face long odds in the GOP-controlled Senate.

“With the president confirming that he wants to expand this ban to even more countries, now is the time to act,” said Rep. Judy ChuJudy May ChuAsian caucus urges fellow lawmakers not to 'perpetuate racist stereotypes' amid coronavirus fears House Democrats launch probe into NIH and FBI suspecting Chinese Americans of espionage Harris, Castro introduce resolution condemning Trump aide Stephen Miller MORE (D-Calif.), the bill’s lead House sponsor. “That's because the Muslim ban has been a disaster from the start. It has nothing to do with improving American security.”

Trump has not said which countries will be added to that list, but he is said to be considering Nigeria, Belarus, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania.

The Supreme Court upheld a version of Trump’s ban in a 5-4 ruling in 2018, allowing Trump to restrict citizens from the seven countries from entering the United States. Trump labeled this ruling a “tremendous victory” for the country in a statement released from the White House in 2018.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday in Richmond, Va., involving civil rights organizations opposing the ban. The organizations are challenging the continuation of the travel ban and argue that it is discriminatory.