Expansion of Trump’s Illegal Muslim Ban Demonstrates Policy Guided by Personal Prejudice

A member of the Justice for Muslims Collective protests the Trump administration's travel ban in Washington, D.C., June 2019.

Trump Administration Adds Six More Countries to Travel Ban” by Zolan Kanno-Youngs, The New York Times, January 31, 2020

Today, the Trump administration expanded the Muslim ban to bar nationals from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and Nigeria from receiving immigrant visas and to bar nationals from Sudan and Tanzania from receiving visas through the diversity visa program. The inclusion of four African nations, including Nigeria—Africa’s most populous nation—seemingly opens a new front in President Donald Trump’s attack on immigrants while advancing a long-standing immigration policy priority of this White House to decrease the share of African immigrants coming to the United States.

The proliferation of bans by the Trump administration reflects an all-out assault on the U.S. immigration system, banning nationals from 13 largely Muslim-majority countries, women perceived to be pregnant, asylum-seekers, and working-class immigrants. By continuing to make the immigration system crueler and more dysfunctional, the administration is only further diminishing the rule of law.

Congress must now amend H.R. 2214, the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act, to override this latest ban and then pass the legislation to impose an important check on the ability of Trump and future presidents to create bans that are based in bias, not fact.

Click here to read CAP’s full statement on the expansion of the Muslim ban.

For more on how spreading dysfunction throughout the U.S. immigration system can undermine the rule of law, see CAP’s report: “Restoring the Rule of Law Through a Fair, Humane, and Workable Immigration System.”