Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) introduced a bill intended to remove the legal justification for a “Muslim ban,” which President Donald Trump promised during his 2016 presidential election.
Omar released a statement on Thursday about the bill that would repeal the Alien Enemies Act, which the president used as precedent to justify his travel ban.
“This outdated and xenophobic law is an offense to our values as a nation, which should stand as a refuge for those fleeing violence and persecution,” Omar said.
Today, I introduced the Neighbors Not Enemies Act to fully repeal a 1798 law that allows the U.S. president to target groups of foreign nationals.
Trump even cited the law to justify the Muslim Ban.
It’s past time to take this xenophobic law off the books.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 30, 2020
“It is a perfect example of outdated immigration laws that are being exploited and abused by this Administration. As the President seeks to expand the Muslim Ban, we must close policy loopholes that he can exploit to cause harm to our neighbors, our country and the values that we hold dear,” she continued.
“We must learn from historical mistakes built on fear of the other and embrace a fair and just immigration system by repealing the Alien Enemies Act,” Omar concluded. (Read more from “Ilhan Omar Introduces Bill to Block Trump From Implementing ‘Muslim Ban'” HERE)