Golden Helps Pass NO BAN Act Through House
WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) voted to pass the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act through the House today. The NO BAN Act would solidify protections against religious discrimination in travel restrictions and ensure that future policies restricting travel are in response to particular concerns with individual countries.
“Freedom of religion is one of the values our country was founded on,” said Golden. “What religion you practice should have nothing to do with whether you’re allowed into this country. I’m proud to help pass this bill to ensure the United States does not discriminate based on religion in our travel restrictions or anywhere else. ”
The NO BAN Act would:
- Expressly forbid religious discrimination as a part of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
- Put guardrails on the unilateral authority of presidents to make sweeping, permanent changes to travel restrictions by ensuring that restrictions are based on specific, credible concerns, narrow and temporary;
- Ensure that the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security are consulted as a part of decisions to limit travel, and that Congress is alerted of new policies.
Golden also voted for the NO BAN Act last year.