VOTE TODAY: Urge Congress to Oppose No BAN Act & Access to Counsel Act
The House of Representatives is voting on two immigration bills TODAY: H.R. 1333, the No BAN Act, and H.R. 1573, the Access to Counsel Act.
The No BAN Act, H.R. 1333, introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) would make it increasingly more difficult for the president to suspend immigration for certain classes of individuals where the suspension would serve in the national interest. It was under this authority that Pres. Trump was able to suspend the entry of travelers from certain regions of the world at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The No BAN Act would prevent the president from taking swift action.
The Access to Counsel Act, H.R. 1573, introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), would require that individuals referred for secondary inspection by a CBP officer at a port of entry are given access to counsel. This would affect more than 10 million individuals each year. By allowing access to counsel, it would slow down traffic at ports of entry, including airports, and individuals who would rightfully be turned away would inevitably find a way to enter the country.