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Biden pledges to overturn Trump's travel ban initially on majority Muslim countries

Biden pledges to overturn Trump's travel ban initially on majority Muslim countries
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE on Monday pledged to overturn President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE's travel ban that initially targeted majority Muslim countries on his first day in office if elected president. 

“Muslim communities were the first to feel Donald Trump’s assault on Black and brown communities in this country with his vile Muslim ban,” Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said while addressing Emgage Action's virtual Million Muslim Votes Summit. 

“That fight was the opening barrage in what has been nearly four years of constant pressure and insults, and attacks against Muslim American communities," he continued. 

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Trump placed travel restrictions on seven Muslim-majority countries in January 2017, shortly after he took office. The president argued that the travel ban was for national security purposes.  

Officials added several non-Muslim-majority countries to the list as it faced a number of legal challenges, and it was upheld by the Supreme Court.

Biden went on to hit Trump's treatment of the Muslim community, saying he was responsible for the rise of Islamophobia in the U.S. 

“Donald Trump has fanned the flames of hate in this country across the board through his words, his policies, his appointments, his deeds, and he continues to fan those flames,” Biden said. “Under this administration, we’ve seen an unconscionable rise in Islamophobia.”

The former vice president's remarks came shortly after Emgage Action formally endorsed Biden in a letter to supporters. 

Emgage Action is the largest Muslim political group in the country and endorsed former Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response Briahna Joy Gray: Warren not endorsing Sanders in 2020 was 'really frustrating' House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill MORE (I-Vt.) during the primaries.