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Bonamici Statement on NO BAN Act, Access to Counsel Act

April 21, 2021

Individuals and families seeking entry to the US should be treated with respect and dignity. Religious discrimination and anti-immigrant rhetoric are contrary to our values as Americans, and diversity strengthens our nation. Former President Trump abused his power when he issued racist bans on immigration from Muslim-majority countries. Today I joined the House in passing the NO BAN Act so people are not turned away from our shores because of their religion. We also took action to make sure those entering our country have access to counsel if they are held over long periods for secondary inspection at a port of entry, finally closing a gap in due process. As the granddaughter of immigrants, I enthusiastically supported these bills.