Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced H.R.2214, the “NO BAN Act” last April, and 219 Democrats have co-sponsored it. The No Ban Act was introduced by House Democrats seeking to reverse the president’s travel ban on several countries deemed by the administration to be high risk.
Amid the coronavirus and the president securing the borders, the bill was brought to the House floor this month. The White House, however, threatened to veto the bill should it reach the president’s desk.
According to the “NO BAN Act”, this bill imposes limitations on the President’s authority to suspend or restrict aliens from entering the United States and terminates certain presidential actions implementing such restrictions.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) took to Twitter Tuesday to point out President Trump is “working to stop the spread of coronavirus and keep Americans safe.”
“Meanwhile, House Democrats are bringing the #NoBanAct to the floor, which would hinder @POTUS from using his authority to restrict travel, like he’s done to prevent the spread of #COVID19,” he added.
President Trump’s travel restrictions from China began on Jan. 31. Trump’s move bought valuable time to slow the spread of the virus and ease pressure on the nation’s health system before a vaccine is developed. (Continued Below)
The White House issued a public warning to congressional leaders Tuesday, announcing that if the No Ban Act were to land on President Donald Trump’s desk, his advisers have recommended he veto the legislation, reported Daily Caller.
“This legislation would limit the President’s authority to suspend or restrict aliens from entering the United States when he determines such action to be in the national interest,” read a White House statement released Tuesday.
“[The No Ban Act] would harm the national security of the United States. Notably, the President’s authority to restrict travel into the United States has been central to the Administration’s ongoing efforts to safeguard the American people against the spread of COVID-19,” the statement continued. “At a minimum, [the legislation] would cause dangerous delays that threaten the safety, security, and health of the American people.” (Continued Below)
NO BAN Act summary:
Rep. Doug Collins’ tweet:
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) March 10, 2020
Statement from the White House: